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Seagull Man: The Brighton Superhero
You may not have heard of Brighton's latest servant of justice, but you may well do soon. Abrasive, nonchalant, with a chip on his shoulder (and in his beak) but no doubt a modern-day saviour to the local population, Seagull Man is unlike any other superhero you may have come across.
He is also the star of a new documentary: Seagull Man: The Brighton Superhero. This film is the newly crowned winner of Best Comedy at Screentest: the National UK Student Film Festival.
It was one of two short films by members of UniTV that were nominated for a series of awards at the student film festival: Best Film, Best Drama and Best Comedy.
Along with the aforementioned Seagull Man, Harry Bot 9000, which was up for Best Film and Best Drama, tells the story of a young man who develops depersonalization disorder after a traumatic event in his past leaving him in a robot-like state. The film received an honourable mention for Best Film, missing the top spot by half a point.
However, it is Seagull Man: The Brighton Superhero – a mockumentary about an unlikely superhero on the steets (and skies) of Brighton – which has squawked its way into the local conscience.
Here, in the winning short film, we meet Seagull Man out in his territory:
However, we couldn't leave it at that. We wanted to ask Mr Seagull the questions we all want answered...
Seagull Man: The Brighton Superhero was a combination piece between Sussex third-year Physics student and director, Seb Cox (Head of Tech at UniTV); co-director, Cameron Faulkner; and Seagull Man himself, John Andrews (stage name John Black), who is a Sussex Psychology alumnus.
Upon receiving the award on 11 March, director Seb Cox said:
"Seagull Man: The Brighton Superhero' was up against some incredible films, some of which were BAFTA nominees. So it was a surprise to us that it won Best Comedy; we were left beaming.
"The awards event is pretty big, this year it was the largest I'd ever seen it. I went last year as well and won Best Visual FX with my short film 'BBQ Etiquette' in 2016, so it's great to be back and do just as well in a completely different category.
"We are always looking to further ourselves and push our films above and beyond every year. We have some very ambitious films in the works at the moment so hope to be back at the festival again next year to represent those."
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