A LOWER Gornal filmmaker has scooped an award for his bid to explore the 'right' way to store tomato ketchup.

Liam Young, who studies media (film) production at Staffordshire University, was honoured at the Royal Television Society Midlands Awards 2017.

The awards, which recognise production excellence and creativity in the region, took place at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull last week.

The 22-year-old won the student comedy and entertainment prize for The Ketchup Conspiracy.

"The idea for the film came from an argument between me and my friends in the pub," he said.

"The fact that literally 50 per cent said they kept it in the fridge and 50 per cent said the cupboard really got me thinking.

"So I did a poll on Twitter and again, it was literally 50/50. That’s when I knew I had to make a film about it."

He continued: "Making the film was hilarious, it’s the first time I had little stress about filmmaking as quite frankly, I thought the idea was insane and made it purely for a laugh.

"The film collectively took around four months to make, all the way from pre-production to the final result.

"Winning an RTS award for my film was completely unexpected.

"Of all the films I’ve made this was the last one I thought would ever do well. But it was a brilliant night and I'm very chuffed."

To view more of Liam's films, visit www.liamyoung.co.uk.