Ronan honoures in Creative Arts awards

Ronan Mackenzie
Ronan Mackenzie

A budding Ribble Valley filmmaker showed outstanding dedication and commitment in developing a short film – which was honoured at Blackburn College’s Creative Arts Awards.

Former St Augustine’s student Ronan Mackenzie, who is now studying Level 3 Creative Media Production at Blackburn College, was singled out for the Most Promising First Year Student award for his short film about a man getting over losing his girlfriend.

His tutors felt his preparation went above and beyond the rest of his year group, which showed in the quality and eccentricity of his final film.

Ronan (17), from Old Langho, said he chose Blackburn College because he was particularly interested in getting into film production and the course had everything he was looking for: “My tutor Graham Barnes has been fantastic and I am learning so much. I really enjoy just getting my hands on the equipment and filming. I’m hoping to go on to study filmmaking at University eventually,” he said.

Ronan was one of 27 students who were presented with trophies and certificates for their outstanding achievements in creative related subject areas including art and design, fashion and textiles, photography, graphic design, interior design, music and creative media production.

Former Blackburn College student Graham Duff presented the awards on the night.

Writer, actor and producer Mr Duff has created a variety of shows for TV, radio and stage, appeared in the Harry Potter films, collaborated with The Fall’s Mark E. Smith and script edited the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa.

Ronan Mackenzie with his ‘Most Promising First Year Student’ award.