Hextable director’s short film receives Royal Television Society award nomination

PUBLISHED: 12:10 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:01 01 February 2016

Jack Thornton pictured with former Skins actress Lily Loveless

Jack Thornton pictured with former Skins actress Lily Loveless


An awards evening will be held later this month

The team behind short film 322The team behind short film 322

A Hextable director’s short film is among the nominees for a prestigious awards night at ITV studios later this month.

22-year-old director Jack Thornton’s short sci-fi film ‘322’ has been nominated for a Royal Television Society student award.

The film, funded through online donations, has already received attention from critics, receiving two Visions Festival awards and being selected for screening at the Sci-Fi London event last year.

But the former Leigh Academy student claimed award nominations weren’t all the team were looking for.

He said: “It’s not necessarily the award we’re excited over but just it being played to people who want to see it.

“Its great to get that exposure, I had someone who I didn’t know find my personal Twitter account and said to me how much she enjoyed it.

“I wasn’t there for the screening at Sci Fi London but we were one of only a few films that was clapped at the end.

“For such a small team and a low budget film, with an idea I came up with in Costa Coffee, its great to get that level of exposure.”

With a small production team of students and a cast including former Skins actress Lily Loveless, the short film runs for just 10 minutes and has already picked up awards for its editing and production design.

Its latest nomination comes for its sound design, nominated for the Royal Television Society’s student awards, on February 9.

On the competition, Mr Thornton said: “I’m love the sound design in our short film, but I haven’t seen the competition, and sound design is relative depending on the films genre.

“Our film has no dialogue so it’s heavily based around the film’s sound scape, using real sounds from the film as well as a soundtrack.”

The awards evening will be held at ITV studios in London, and hosted by sport’s broadcaster Ore Oduba.

322 is currently available to watch on YouTube.

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