British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Winners 2014

The winners of the 2014 Learning on Screen awards are as follows:

Educational Multimedia Award

50 Years of the National TheatreNT
National Theatre

The 50 years of the National Theatre iPad app is a rich audiovisual resource celebrating the National Theatre’s history and revealing the skill behind theatre-making. This first app from the National Theatre widens the reach of their archive content to a larger audience, making it accessible outside of the physical building. The exclusive content includes hundreds of photographs, video content, design sketches, stage management reports and more on 50 key productions.

General In-House Production Award

The Last TabooThe Last Taboo
Solent Productions (Southampton Solent University) and Take 2 Afrika
Director: Tony Steyger

THE LAST TABOO is not a worthy documentary with a righteous message. Instead it uses humour and sincerity to tell the stories of two remarkable Kenyan men who are helping their local communities to stop defecating in the open and start building toilets.    Unflinchingly and with affection, THE LAST TABOO shines a light on an unsolved public health crisis to inspire the audience to believe in people power and the possibilities for change.

Courseware and Curriculum Non-Broadcast Award

The MagdalenesMagdalenes (The)2
CTVC Ltd / TrueTube.co.uk
Director: Nick Carew

The film begins with a dramatised sequence. A girl is abducted and held prisoner against her will: her possessions are taken, her hair is cut, she is forced to wear a uniform and answer to a new name. For thousands of women who were sent to the Magdalene Institutions in Ireland, this was a reality. A mix of drama and documentary, the film tell the story of Gabrielle as she travels back to Ireland to visit the now-derelict laundry she was sent to as a teenager.

Courseware and Curriculum In-House Production Award

How to see your brain working – Measuring electrical activity using EEGHow to see your brain working
University of Derby Media Production and Support Team
Director & Producer: Rob Higson

Mike Batashvili from the University of Derby gives an introduction to electroencephalography (EEG) and the brain. We find out what EEG is, how we use it, what it’s used for and see a short example of a study carried out by the University of Derby’s Psychology department examining how the brain reacts to visual stimuli.

Courseware and Curriculum Broadcast Award

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: From Page to StageCurious Incident of the dog in the night time (The).jpg
BBC for BBC Two Learning Zone
Executive Producer: Helen Foulkes

Made in collaboration with the National Theatre, the 60 minute programme is made up of 12 short films each looking at a different aspect of the theatrical production of Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-time.  It looks at how the book, written by Mark Haddon,  was adapted for the stage and explores different aspects of the play, ranging from character analysis to design choices. Specially shot interviews, combined with clips from the show and exclusive behind the scenes rehearsal footage, reveal the thinking behind the adaptation.

General Education Non-Broadcast Award

Keeping on an even keel – the role of the Bank of EnglandKeeping on an even keel.jpg
Pukka Films Ltd with Cognitive Media
Director: Paul Katis

Keeping on an even keel: the role of the Bank of England is a short film that uses nautical metaphor and animation to explain the Bank’s roles and responsibilities in an accessible, imaginative and entertaining way. The film is divided into seven short modules, which provide a simple guide to the Bank’s monetary policy and financial stability roles. They explain why low inflation and a safe and stable financial system matter to the UK economy and how the Bank contributes to achieving them.

General Education Broadcast Award

Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines (Episode 1: Pain)Pain Pus and poison Episode 1 PAIN.jpg
BBC and the Open University for BBC Four
Director: Alex Freeman

Michael Mosley tells the story of how the worlds most useful and valuable drugs were created. ‘Pain, Pus & Poison’ tells how our search to cure ourselves from the most common, to the most life threatening of ailments, has led to profound understanding of chemistry, and how we discovered some of the most widely used products on the planet – pharmaceuticals.  In programme one, we discover what pain is, why we want to control it and how we ultimately did it, when the discovery of ‘Morphine’, the world’s first pharmaceutical led to a journey of scientific breakthrough, discovery and self-experimentation.

Student Undergraduate and Further Education Documentary Award

Promised BreadPromised Bread (low res).jpg
University of the Creative Arts
Director: & Producer: Žavinta Karsokaitė

Promised Bread is a short observational documentary depicting emotional struggle – grief. The visuals portray complex mode of life as struggle of bread making juxtapose the emotional state of a bright eighty years old woman who recently lost her so loved husband.

Student Production Postgraduate Documentary Award

The CleanersCleaners (The).jpg
National Film and Television School
Director & Producer: Konstantinos Georgousis

In June 2012 the neo-Nazi party “Golden Dawn” managed to pass the 3% threshold and entered the Greek parliament taking 7% of the vote. This party is the most fast growing political movement in Greece at the moment. In a country crippled from unemployment and humiliated by the financial crisis, people start to see the extremists as a possible solution. This film follows a group of Golden Dawn members during the pre-election campaign in central Athens. Their hatred is portrayed through an attempt to find scapegoats, in this case the immigrants.

Student Production Undergraduate and Further Education Award

MoonlightingMoonlighting.jpg
University of Westminster
Director: Jonas Zimmermann

Doyle’s nocturnal life of routine is exposed to the cold light of day by a series of revelations that force him to confront his responsibilities towards his family.

Student Production Postgraduate Award

Miss ToddMiss Todd.jpg
National Film and Television School
Director: Kristina Yee

1910 Aviation Meet, Mineola Flying Fields, New York.    Miss E. Lillian Todd – history’s first female aeronautical engineer – is making last minute checks before her plane takes to the skies.    She has fought many battles to make it onto the airfield today. However her biggest challenge is yet to come, and the day’s proceedings don’t go quite as anyone could have imagined.

Special Commendation

The following production received a Special Commendation certificate from the jury:

Student Production Undergraduate and Further Education AwardPsychosis is Nothing Like a Badger2.jpg

Psychosis is Nothing Like a Badger
City of Bath College
Director & Producer: Henry Gale

This is an animation made to talk about psychosis in a universally accessible and humorous way.  The film gives sufferers, as well as their friends and relatives, a simple insight into how and why psychosis affects people the way it does.

Special Jury Award

University of Leicester

Richard III - Identifying The Remains copy.jpg

The University of Leicester has produced a collection of consistently high quality in-house entries both this year and previously. This year the jury felt special recognitionwas due for the range of resources produced, which capitalised on a significant historical British event, the discovery of King Richard III, and the almost broadcast quality learning resources produced by the in-house production team at the University of Leicester.

Premier Award

Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines (Episode 1: Pain)Pain Pus and poison Episode 1 PAIN.jpg
BBC and the Open University for BBC Four
Director: Alex Freeman

Michael Mosley tells the story of how the worlds most useful and valuable drugs were created. ‘Pain, Pus & Poison’ tells how our search to cure ourselves from the most common, to the most life threatening of ailments, has led to profound understanding of chemistry, and how we discovered some of the most widely used products on the planet – pharmaceuticals.  In programme one, we discover what pain is, why we want to control it and how we ultimately did it, when the discovery of ‘Morphine’, the world’s first pharmaceutical led to a journey of scientific breakthrough, discovery and self-experimentation.