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Charity film wins Olympic award for Southampton filmmakers

Image caption The film followed Dave Savage and Martyn Kennaugh's fundraising run and swim

A short film produced by two Southampton students about an charity endurance challenge has won a London 2012 Cultural Olympiad award.

The Great Wight Attack by Jon Lovell-Knight and Stephen Salesse tells the story of two men who swam the Solent, then ran round the Isle of Wight.

It won the Best Documentary award in the Film Nation: Shorts Awards.

The film will be screened at venues across the UK during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The young filmmakers undertook the project during their internships at Southampton Solent University.

Olympic values

The three-minute short film follows Dave Savage and Martyn Kennaugh who embarked on fundraising swim and run in July.

Mr Kennaugh's father died of pancreatic cancer, and Mr Savage had the condition himself. The pair took on the challenge of swimming 2.5 miles (4km) from Gosport to the Isle of Wight - across one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

Image caption The team picked their award at a ceremony in London

They then ran 65 miles (105km) round the Island's coast before completing a return swim across the Solent.

The three-day challenge raised more than £33,000 towards a new pancreatic cancer scanner for Southampton General Hospital.

Mr Salesse said: "There were a lot of early mornings as we followed them through the highs and lows of all the preparations so we could get as much of the story as we could but Dave and Martyn did the hard work."

They used an underwater camera and also filmed from support vehicles in order to capture all aspects of the event.

The competition was open to 14-25 year olds across the UK to make films that celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Values.

Mr Salesse added: "The standard of the competition was really high, so knowing the judges chose our film out of the hundreds of entries makes us incredibly proud."

The Great Wight Attack will be screened at Olympic venues, the Olympic village and big screens across the country during the 2012 Games.

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