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Donkeys wins best film at Scottish BAFTAs

Peter Mullan wins best director and best writer for Neds.

Donkeys and Neds shared the honours at the British Academy Scotland Awards held in Glasgow on Sunday evening and hosted by comedian Kevin Bridges. Peter Mullan’s quasi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama set in 1970s Glasgow won both Best Writer and Best Director for Mullan. Donkeys was named Best Film and also won Best Actor for Scots veteran James Cosmo who stars as a terminally ill man belatedly seeking to right all the wrongs of his misspent life. Cosmo’s co-star Brian Pettifer had also been nominated for Best Actor.

Donkeys was made by Sigma Productions and Sigma were also behind Best Short winner I Love Luci which was written and directed by Colin Kennedy who was named one of Screen’s Stars Of Tomorrow earlier this year.

The Outstanding Contribution for Craft Award in memory of Robert McCann was presented by Iain Smith to director, cinematographer and still photographer David Peat. The biggest ovation of the evening was reserved for Robbie Coltrane as his 30-year career was honoured with an Outstanding Contribution to Film Award presented by his friend and fellow actor John Sessions.

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