Former Newport man’s top film award

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A FORMER Newport man has received global acclaim after scooping a prestigious award at the New York International Film Festival.

Director and producer David Goodall, a former pupil of Madras College, St Andrews, was named best director of a short film for his powerful drama ‘Crush’.

Now a DVD of the film — described as ‘brilliant and shocking’ — is to be distributed in secondary schools from next month as part of the Scottish government’s Reduce Abuse Project.

The New York International Film Festival Awards selection panel praised the film’s ‘profound message, excellent HD videography, authentic acting, beautiful music score and good editing.’

Having received rave reviews following screening at the Swansea Bay Film Festival and Cannes Court Métrage, the 28-minute film is off to festivals in Los Angeles, Dublin and Northern Ireland later in the year.

It’s also being screened at the International Youth Film Festival in September and next year will be seen in Miami and Berlin.

In addition, ‘Crush’ is in line to be chosen by a European education initiative to be distributed to 11 countries as an issue-based educational tool.

“When we screened ‘Crush’ in New York I never imagined it would create such a stir,” said David.

“I wanted to make a film for schools with a difference.

“The issue of abuse and respect in teenage relationships is so important, that the last thing I wanted was to alienate my audience by being condescending or patronising.

“I am delighted that teenage audiences have taken to the film so enthusiastically, and so vociferously.

“That is the real vindication — the approval of the industry is an amazing addition.”

David has also been receiving recognition on the international film festival circuit for ‘Changed Days’, a poignant drama about dementia, which received Best UK Film Under 60 minutes at the Swansea Bay Film Festival recently.