Megan’s Olympic hope

December 3rd, 2010

Nottingham psychology student Megan Salter has won her second prestigious film award this year.

Megan and Sara Harrak – her partner in Real Hark Productions – have scooped Film Nation: Shorts Film of the Month award with Hath Not a Child Ability.

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad initiative gives 14 to 25-year-olds the chance to have their work screened at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games before an audience of millions.

Hath not a Child Ability challenges preconceptions about young people. The film – which can be seen at www. – has been screened on the London 2012 Live Sites, a network of big screens across the UK, and has been long-listed for a national award in December. The winning films will be screened during the Games.

Megan said: “Film Nation: Shorts has offered such a phenomenal opportunity to young film-makers across the UK, and we are thrilled to have been selected as Film of the Month. We really hope that our film will reflect the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, such as determination, courage and inspiration, that people will want to get as involved in the Games as they can. Our involvement with Film Nation has made us extremely excited and supportive of London 2012, we hope that our film will affect others in the same way.”

Sebastian Coe, London 2012 Chair, said: “At London 2012 we hear stories about amazing achievements by young people every day and this film perfectly illustrates just that. The film itself is simple but really impactful, and I’m delighted Megan and Sara have been recognised by the Cultural Olympiad for this great short film.”

Earlier this year, Megan and Sara won the First Light Open Access Award, in association with BAFTA — part of the annual First Light Awards, which highlight the creative talents of young people across the UK. They made AWOL last summer in their home county of Essex. It won the award by public vote after being shortlisted by BAFTA members.

Megan said: “Psychology might be quite far removed from film-making, but the subject definitely helps with my acting. It gives you a real insight into how people think and behave when you’re trying to understand a new character.”

Film Nation: Shorts invites 14 to 25-year-olds to create short films that celebrate the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games: respect, courage, excellence, friendship, equality, determination and inspiration.

The competition will run each year until 2012, showcasing the talents of the next generation of film-makers and giving them a chance to be right at the heart of the Games. Submissions for the 2011 competition are now open – visit

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