Shrewsbury director nets top film award

A 20-year-old director from Shrewsbury is celebrating after winning a top award for his debut film which he made in Shropshire for just £3,000.

Rob Savage, from Belle Vue, was hailed by the cream of the British film-making industry last night as his ultra low-budget movie Strings was handed the Raindance Award at the British Independent Film Awards in London.

His win was announced in a ceremony attended by the likes of Jude Law, John Hurt and Terence Stamp and hosted by James Nesbitt.

It tops off an amazing few days for Mr Savage, after Strings was picked up for cinematic release by Vertigo Films for spring next year.

He funded the teen drama, shot in Shrewsbury and Bishop’s Castle, through part-time jobs, including a paper round.

Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance Film Festival and BIFA, said: “This year’s BIFA nominations demonstrate that British filmmakers are now an international force to be reckoned with.”

Shot in locations such as Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Wyle Cop, the Strings tells the story of a German exchange student who begins a romance in her final weeks before returning to her warring family.

Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint directors of the awards ceremony, said: “We are proud that The Moët British Independent Film Awards continues to highlight the talent that is plentiful within British independent filmmaking today.”