Development & Alumni Relations Office 


08 June 2016

A twice graduated and current Queen’s Film Studies PhD student – Seán Murray from Belfast – has won a coveted RTS award for his film Fractured City.

The film won the accolade for Postgraduate Craft Skills (camerawork) in the Postgraduate Drama category of the Royal Television Society Student Awards 2016. The event took place at the British Film Institute in London on 3 June.

Fractured City charts the story of two friends growing up in Belfast during a period of political turmoil and has already premiered at the Dingle International and the Belfast Film Festivals.

Seán, who completed his undergraduate degree in Film Studies in 2014 and a Masters in Film the following year, is currently a PhD student at Queen’s Film Studies department.

Commenting on his achievement he said: “This win is a real testament to the teaching staff and first class production facilities we have here at Queen’s. Recognition at this level certainly reflects the commitment we all have of ensuring our work is exhibited amongst the best in the world.”

Professor Cahal McLaughlin from the University’s School of Creative Arts said: “We are delighted that Seán has won this award. He was the only non-National Film and Television School nominee, so it was very special for him to be the only university entrant at this Masters' level. Seán’s film, Fractured City, is a nuanced representation of life for young working class people in Belfast and I am sure it will win many more awards.  

“Seán’s success comes at the same time as our BA Film Studies and Production course has been declared No1 in The Guardian's University League Tables, which reflects well on the staff at Queen’s, who offer outstanding teaching and support to our students.”

Fractured City features music by David Holmes and the cast includes Belfast actor Martin McCann, Ryan McParland, Ciaran McCourt, Lalor Ruddy, Kevin Keenan and Chris Simpson.

Watch the trailer at

Media inquiries to Anne-Marie Clarke (Mon-Wed) or Michelle Cassidy (Thu-Fri) at Queen’s University Communications Office T: +44 (0)28 9097 5310.





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