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Scottish BAFTA Nominations 2006-11-02

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[Picture of Red Road Movie Poster]A gritty thriller set in one of Glasgow’s toughest estates that has already walked off with a top prize at ‘The Cannes Film Festival’ captured five nominations for ‘The Scottish BAFTA awards’ yesterday 2006-11-01.

‘Red Road’ is a critics’ favourite, though it is up against the feelgood factor of ‘The Flying Scotsman’, a film about the cycling champion Mr.Graeme Obree, which also claimed five nominations.

The dark horse in the contest for best film, however, is ‘True North’, a high-seas drama of illegal Chinese immigrants shipped aboard a Scottish trawler. Starring Mr.Peter Mullan, Mr.Martin Compston and Mr.Gary Lewis, it has yet to be seen in Scotland, but won acclaim at its premiere at ‘The Toronto International Film Festival‘.

The TV presenter Ms.Lorraine Kelly announced ‘The BAFTA Scotland’ nominations yesterday for the best of Scottish film and television across 17 categories.

She said she was delighted to see ‘River City’ in the running for ‘Best Drama’, after she took a cameo role in the Scottish soap this August. ‘River City’ has endured a battering at critics’ hands and faced speculation that it would be axed, but its first ‘BAFTA Scotland’ nomination underlines a change in its fortunes.

It goes head to head for the coveted award with two crime dramas. Mr.Ken Stott has earned universal acclaim for his starring role as Mr.Ian Rankin’s ‘Rebus’. But ‘Low Winter Sun’, a two-part drama with Mr.Mark Strong as an Edinburgh detective bent on revenge, won glowing reviews and is seen as the favourite.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards will be handed out on 2006-11-12 in a revamped ceremony with a 100 000 GBP budget, a BBC broadcast of the highlights and lavish ‘goody bags’ for star guests. It is backed by a major new sponsor, ‘Lloyds TSB Scotland’.

From more than 40 documentaries, the three nominees include ‘Happy Birthday Broons’, about the newspaper cartoon family. The former ‘Scottish Socialist Party leader’, Mr.Tommy Sheridan, takes his place. ‘Sex, Lies and Socialism’, the ‘BBC Scotland’ take on his libel trial, is in the running for best news and current affairs programme.

This year’s awards include the new ‘Robert Mccann award for craft’, for those who work backstage or off-screen. It is named after the former ‘Glasgow School of Art’ student who became Ms.Nicole Kidman’s personal stylist before his death 18 months ago.

Mr.Martin Compston and Mr.Tony Curran in ‘Red Road’, and Mr.Jonny Lee Miller in ‘The Flying Scotsman’, were named for ‘Best Actor’.

But in the biggest surprise only two names — Ms.Kate Dickie, the star of ‘Red Road’, and Ms.Laura Fraser, of ‘The Flying Scotsman’ — are in contention for ‘Best Film Actress’. Insiders were startled to discover that the actress Ms.Gina Mckee, from ‘Greyfriars Bobby’, had not made the list.

‘RED ROAD’:

  • ‘Winner of ‘The Grand Jury Prize’ at ‘Cannes’ earlier this year, ‘Red Road’ is the debut feature from Oscar-winning short-film director Andrea Arnold…[but] her film often feels like a studious and cold technical exercise rather than a movie determined to hit you on a gut level.’Jackie, a lonely CCTV operator, spends her evenings silently observing the residents of the “Red Road” estate. One night she “zeroes in” on a man indulging in a spot of back-alley sex with a young woman. Initially turned on, to her horror she recognises the man on her monitor as Clyde, an ex-con whose life has horrifically intersected with her own in the past.

    ‘[The film] showcases some excellent performances. Relative newcomer Kate Dickie does sterling work as Jackie, committing fully to the role. Tony Curran, meanwhile, ensures Clyde is more than a one-note monster, with a performance that suggests remorse and regret.’ – Alistair Harkness, in The Scotsman

[Picture of Andrea Arnold accepting Cannes Prize]

‘FLYING SCOTSMAN’:

  • ‘Somebody should ban the production of inspirational sports movies that don’t leave you feeling inspired. No-one will, of course, which means audiences will forever be served up movies like “The Flying Scotsman”, Douglas Mackinnon’s biopic of Scottish cycling champion Graeme Obree. It’s not a bad film; it’s just a little staid. Diverting enough while it’s on; instantly forgettable when it’s over. Jonny Lee Miller does his best to give us a sense of Obree’s inner turmoil, but the toothless screenplay doesn’t give him nearly enough to work with. Laura Fraser is also saddled with a nothing role as Obree’s wife.’ – Alistair Harkness

‘TRUE NORTH’:

  • A quartet of Scottish fishermen grapple with the terrible cost of human trafficking in this morally resonant, deeply felt drama. Though determinedly downbeat, the picture benefits from solid acting in the churning North Sea with storm-set sequences of terrifying power; thick Scottish brogues don’t hinder the action. Desperate to pull his skipper father (Gary Lewis) out of looming debt, first mate Sean (Martin Compston) follows a lead from happy-go-lucky deckhand Riley (Peter Mullan) and strikes a deal with a shady businessman to smuggle 20 Chinese immigrants in the cargo. – Variety magazine.
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