Hometown: Nairn, Scotland

 

A Film and Media graduate from Nairn has won two top awards for his filmmaking talents at Queen Margaret University’s annual Film and Media Degree Show in Edinburgh.

Graham Wallace, 22, who attended Nairn Academy, graduated with a BA (Hons) Film and Media from Queen Margaret University (QMU) earlier this month.

Graham’s dissertation film, ‘Float', won the best overall film prize, as voted for by the audience, as well as winning the Bruce Thomson Production Dissertation Prize.

The Bruce Thomson prize was awarded in memory of a former lecturer at QMU, who sadly died in 2001. Bruce was passionate in his support of students, especially those from a non-traditional educational background.  He also had a great love of the visual arts. The two prizes from his memorial fund reflect these areas. 

‘Float’ by Graham Wallace is an emotional drama about a grieving man who’s driven to breaking point by a cheerful clown and his red balloon.

 

"Winning the audience award and the Bruce Thomson Production Dissertation Prize at the Filmhouse for my graduate film was a fantastic way to end a very challenging but rewarding four years at QMU."
Graham Wallace

Commenting on his award success, Graham Wallace said: “Winning the audience award and the Bruce Thomson Production Dissertation Prize at the Filmhouse for my graduate film was a fantastic way to end a very challenging but rewarding four years at QMU. Being recognised by my lecturers for the prize of best film of the year not only brought great satisfaction to myself, but all of the cast and crew who participated in the film. 'Float' would not of happened if it wasn't for the cast and crew, the support from my family and girlfriend, but most of all my dissertation supervisor Graham Drysdale whose encouragement and advice guided me through fourth year." 

A record audience of over 200 people, including Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, packed Edinburgh’s Filmhouse on Thursday 9th July to see the wonderfully varied selection of short promotional films, dramas and documentaries work from QMU’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th year film and media students, including the film by Graham Wallace.

Ten short films made by QMU’s students were this year’s cream of the crop, covering a diverse range of subjects and genres. The documentaries profiled an award winning artist, took the audience on a musical journey to the streets of Morocco and showed people how to build an Earthship. The dramas featured characters dealing with the effects of grief, poverty, illness and… junk mail.

Graham has a passion for directing and has already got ideas for his next short film. He hopes to kick-start his career in video production.