A FILM featuring an actor from Halesowen clinched the Best Short Film award at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony.

The Stutterer, directed by Benjamin Cleary, is a 13 minute film which portrays a lonely man who has a severe speech impediment in his quest to find love. The film features Richard Mason, a 24-year-old actor who grew up in the town and was a former pupil at Windsor High School.

Mr Mason said: “I was lucky enough to get cast in the film "Stutterer" and I am pretty amazed at how far it has gone. The main credit really has to go to Ben Cleary who directed and had the vision of the project and believed in it.

“There's not much I can say apart from I am happy to have been a part of a project that has been artistically rewarding."

“Acting is a terribly hard industry to break into and I have not achieved even 1 percent of what I would like to yet. These moments are rare, but a pleasure to be part of."

Richard’s next project will be the film Scott and Sid where he is playing the lead role of Scott.

The film tells the story of two high school friends who end up chasing their dreams all the way to the billboards and bright lights of Hollywood.