BA (Hons) Film Production alumnus Nick Rowland’s ‘Slap’ has been nominated for a BAFTA for British Short Film in 2015.

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Graduating from AUB two years ago, Nick directed ‘Dancing in the Ashes‘ during his time here. Dancing in the Ashes was nominated for a plethora of other international awards including Film of the Year, Best Acting and Best Production Design, Watersprite Student Film Festival; Best Student Short, London Short Film Festival; Light in Motion Best Short Film, Foyle Film Festival.

Nick is currently in the last few months of his MA at the National Film and Television School.


Co-written & directed by ‘BAFTA New Talent’ nominated and Royal Television Society award winning director Nick Rowland, “Slap” is an original coming-of-age drama about the struggles of a young boxer who secretly likes to cross-dress.

Taking place in the English wastelands left by the economic downturn, ‘Slap’ is an exploration of teenage masculinity in the modern age. Told with grit, honesty and warmth, the film explores the point at which society, gender, sexuality and sheer stubbornness intersect, forcing our hero to fight in order to stay afloat in the world he used to rule.

Slap is a 2014 National Film and Television School short film. Since its completion in April 2014, the film went on to premiere in North America at the Palm Springs International Shorts Film Festival and in Europe at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Virgin Atlantic Little Red Award for “Best Short Film”.