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Donkeys, Neds lead BAFTA Scotland film nominees

Awards will be presented Nov 13 in Glasgow.

Donkeys and Neds lead the film categories in the nominations for the British Academy Scotland Awards which were announced today.

Donkeys, the second of the Advance Party titles after Red Road, has received five nominations including Best Director for Morag Mckinnon, Best Writer for Colin McLaren and Best Actor for both James Cosmo and Brian Pettifer. It will compete in the Best Feature Film category against Neds, which also received Director and Writer nominations for Peter Mullan and a Best Actor nod for Conor McCarron.

Donkeys marked the feature debut of director Morag Mackinnon who also collaborated with writer Colin McLaren on the BAFTA-winning short Home. It tells a poignant, darkly comic story of Alfred, a terminally ill man seeking to make amends for the heartache he has caused throughout his life. Cosmo plays Alfred and Brian Pettifer co-stars as his loyal best friend. 

Neds is Mullan’s quasi-autobiographical tale of a teenager coming of age amidst the allure of Glasgow’s gang culture in the 1970s. It previously won Best Film and Best Actor at San Sebastian in 2010 and Best Film at the 2011 Evening Standard British Film Awards.

The third Best Feature Film contender is Perfect Sense, an apocalyptic romance which has also earned David Mackenzie a Best Director nomination. Short film nominees include I Love Luci from Screen International 2011 Star Of Tomorrow Colin Kennedy, Adam Stafford’s The Shutdown and David Stoddart’s Solstice. Single documentary nominations include Mark Cousins The First Movie, Sue Bourne’s Jig and Charlie Russell’s Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die.

The nominations cover work created over the past two years and the awards will be presented in Glasgow on Nov 13.

 

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