For Elsie

University of Westminster film wins a Student Oscar   14 June 2012

“Winner at the Student Academy Awards, the highest
global accolade. “One of the most brilliant and talented British short
films of the last decade.”

A film written, filmed, produced and directed by a
team of students from the University of Westminster’s Film and
Television Production BA has won the ‘Best Foreign Film’ Oscar at the
2012 Student Academy Awards….

“For Elsie” tells the story of a disillusioned piano teacher, a
Russian gangster and his daughter, and a day that may go down in piano
lesson history. Glenn, (played by Blake Ritson – ‘Upstairs Downstairs’;
‘Emma’) once aspired to be a concert pianist, but now has to move back
to his parents’ home. However, a Russian gangster, Kilov, offers Glenn
an alternative: £10,000 if he can teach his daughter to play Beethoven’s
“Für Elise” …. in a day…

Former University of Westminster student, Paul Trijbits, now
Executive Producer at Ruby Films (‘Tamara Drewe’; ‘Fish Tank’), said:
“For Elsie” demonstrates the wealth of talent which is being harboured
and nurtured at the University of Westminster Film School. This short,
with an exceptional performance by Blake Ritson demonstrates how
important short films are in the career progression of the next
generation of film-makers from the UK.
It’s wonderful that this is being
recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture & Science.“

Nicolas Kent, former Artistic Director at the Tricycle Theatre and
Cinema, said: “I saw For Elsie at the BAFTA showcase late last year and I
think it is one of the most brilliant and talented British short films
of the last decade.”

You can watch the film on Youtube:


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