UTV Screen Documentary by University of Ulster Student

A documentary by University of Ulster media student Paddy Trolan has been shown on UTV as part of a specially extended UTV Live Tonight at 10.30 pm.
‘Finding James’ tells the poignant story of Margaret Elliot, whose14 years old son James died tragically in August 2009 after he jumped into the River Bush to try and rescue a pet dog. Since then Margaret and other family members coped with their loss by becoming volunteers with the Bann Community Rescue Service.

Paddy Trolan from Portstewart, who has just completed his Masters in Documentary Practice at Ulster’s Coleraine campus, is behind the documentary.

This will be his second documentary to be shown on television. Last year, UTV screened 'After Aaron', a documentary about Paddy’s childhood friend and promising sportsman Aaron Lundy who died suddenly at the age of just nineteen years. The documentary helped to raise awareness of the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Preventable heart conditions kill between four and eight ‘fit and healthy’ young people every week. Following the screening of ‘After Aaron’, there was a marked increase in the number of young people coming forward for heart screening. Paddy is hoping that ‘Finding James’ will have a similar impact on the Bann Community Rescue Service.
After graduating in July 2009 with a first class honours in Media and Film Studies, Paddy decided to do a Masters in Documentary Practice. Again he excelled and his due to graduate at Ulster’s winter graduations later this month with first class honours.
'Finding James' was submitted as part of his dissertation for his Masters degree.

“I was trawling through the local papers and read about Margaret and her work as a volunteer so decided to get in touch with her. Although it was very difficult for her, Margaret agreed to be filmed as she is very keen to promote rescue services. I really appreciate her help.”
As an undergraduate, Paddy did a placement with UTV so he decided to make the most of his contacts there.
"I sent it to Michael Wilson, Head of UTV and naturally am delighted he agreed to show it. Hopefully it will have a positive impact and help raise the profile of the Community Rescue Service."
While working on his dissertation Paddy also managed to establish a successful recording studio Broken Studio, in Portstewart and says he indebted to the lecturing and technical staff at Coleraine for all their support.

“They have always been very helpful, enthusiastic and responsive to any queries. The support network developed while I was a student at Coleraine will stand to me in the future.”

Senior Lecturer in Media at Coleraine, Dr Cahal McLaughlin who supervised Paddy’s dissertation said Paddy was a ‘gifted film maker’.

“Finding James reveals a talent that is not only creatively excellent, but also shows empathy and respect for the subjects he works with. We are very pleased with Paddy’s progress and hope that it reflects well on our MA Documentary Practice course, the only course of its kind in Ireland.”