Film student wins award

Salisbury Journal: Shanoor Ullah with his award. DC2069P1 Shanoor Ullah with his award. DC2069P1

A YOUNG man from Salisbury has won an award and seen the first film he has ever produced broadcast by the BBC.

Shanoor Ullah, 23, pictured, worked as the producer on a short film called Shine Bright while working on his MA in film producing at the University of Glamorgan.

Students from the university along with Neath Port Talbot College made the film for BT’s Big Voice Film Festival, which was part of Go Set, the official London 2012 education programme for schools and colleges.

Shine Bright, which deals with homophobic bullying, won a silver award in the competition, which was judged by people including Lord Puttnam and the Bridget Jones films producer Jonathan Cavendish.

The film was shown on big screens across the country, broadcast by BBC Live, and Ullah, who went to Salisbury High School (now Sarum Academy) and spent some time with Salisbury Playhouse’s youth theatre Stage ’65, now hopes to launch his own production company.

“I have always been interested in films,” he said. “Even when I was two or three, my mother said I would repeat bits of dialogue.”

Ullah completed a BA in marketing at Southampton Solent University first, so he would “have something to fall back on”, before going on to pursue his dream of a career in film and TV production.

The film can be seen on the BT Big Voice website at btplc.com .

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