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Acting honours give pair plenty to shout about!

November 6, 2013


TWO Llanelli students have been presented with acting awards in a BBC premiere evening. Chris Dix and Jessie Davies scooped the best trainee male and female leads at the It's My Shout short film celebration night.

Chris, a former Coleg Sir Gar student, and Jessie, from Burry Port who is studying the last year of a performing arts extended diploma at the college's Llanelli campus, play the lead characters in a short film called Three Days, which will be aired on BBC2 on December 3 at 11.20pm.

Unaware he was being auditioned for a big part, Chris was shocked when he was given the lead role of Joe, a deaf, isolated schoolboy, ostracised by his friends.

The challenge of playing a deaf person needed a lot of research, he said.

I was trying to find the middle ground to illustrate the challenges of being deaf without coming across as mocking in any sense, it wasn't easy and I certainly didn't think I'd win an award for it.

Jessie plays Inga, a Latvian prostitute fleeing her sex- trafficking captors and ends up meeting Joe. With one character not being able to speak English and the other not being able to hear, this proved a real challenge for the young actors.

Although in the film there was little speech, I still had to make sure every word I said was in a realistic Latvian accent, said Jessie, 18.

The college has been wonderful, we''ve learned a variety of things not just film and TV, but even physical theatre, which helped me to portray my character more because there were few words. With an audience of 1,500 people watching a variety of clips from each nominated film, Chris said he didn't believe he had won until he saw it for himself.

I was still clapping when they called out my name, he said.

It felt surreal walking on stage as I was still wondering if this was really for me, so it wasn't until I saw the plaque with my name on that I believed it.

Jessie added: I didn't even know I'd been nominated until two days before the awards, but still had no thought of actually winning especially as all the films and actresses were of high standards, so I felt and still feel very honoured. The evening was amazing and full of glamour and there was such a friendly and happy atmosphere and I even got to meet Rob Brydon.

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