BAFTA Scotland Awards Great Success

Robbie Coltrane, Peter Capaldi and Richard Wilson at BAFTA Scotland Awards. Photo Credit: Matt Dale

THE BRITISH Academy of Film and Television Arts Scotland Awards have come to a close for another year, with Robbie Coltrane picking up an accolade for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Donkeys and Neds both receiving two awards apiece.

Comedian Kevin Bridges presented the festivities which took place at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow, as guests enjoyed an evening celebrating the best of Scottish entertainment. Peter Mullan, who led the field with awards for Best Director and Best Writer for his gritty teenage drama Neds, seemed apprehensive as he arrived off the red carpet, telling The Student, “I’m a bit jaded, in the sense that I’ve been to too many (awards) and so don’t think you appreciate it as much.” However, he later retracted this statement following his win, where he emphasised his genuine surprise.

Upcoming Scottish actress Jayd Johnson impressed everyone as she came up to accept the award for Best Actor/Actress in Television, completely at a loss for words. As she told The Student afterwards, “I can’t believe I’ve just made a speech, I’ve no idea what I said but I’m really proud and honoured.”

With her co-actors Ford Kiernan and Peter Capaldi also being up for the award, she had nothing but praise for the other two, “Ford and Peter were so complimentary about me and I would have been nothing without them. I wouldn’t have won this if it wasn’t for them.”

James Cosmo was visibly moved at winning the award for Best Actor/Actress in Film, an honour that clearly meant a great deal to him. “I’m really, really chuffed; it’s a wonderful feeling. Making that movie (Donkeys) was a labour of love for everyone and I’m really privileged to be a part of it.”

Following a year’s absense of the event, Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland said, “We’re thrilled to see the British Academy Scotland Awards return for such a fantastic night.” The evening was seen as a huge success, its revision from the Awards review evidently doing it justice. It also emphasised the importance for members of the Scottish creative industry to have their own national awards, as Robbie Coltrane told The Student, “I think that we acknowledge the talent we have here. There’s only 4 million of us, there’es three times that amount living in Manchester. Without sounding too smug, I think we do quite well.”

Taken from The Student, published Tue Nov 15th 2011.

The Best of Scottish Comedy Review


The Best of Scottish Comedy is a monthly night held at The Stand showcasing some of the finest talent emerging north of the border. An outlet for rising comedians, it saw the first steps of big household names such as Frankie Boyle and Kevin Bridges and provides an ever changing mix of four different comedians and a compère.

This month saw pintsized ex-lawyer Susan Calman taking on the role of compère, where she roused the audience and introduced the acts while adding a comic flair of her own.

Opening the night’s proceedings, Chris Forbes towered over Calman as he entered the stage. Combining a mix of jokes and lurid anecdotes it was a controversial start, but one that the audience welcomed gladly and enjoyed.

Noting his location, it seemed only fitting that comedian Garry Dobson felt it necessary to mention that, despite his rather unscottish sounding surname, the spelling of his first name made up for this. Evidently quite new on the comedy circuit his delivery came across as nervous and it can be frustrating when new comics repeatedly mention that they are not real comedians.

By far the youngest of the night’s performers, Daniel Sloss is only 20. However, with over four years experience performing on TV, writing for Frankie Boyle and having sell out shows at the Fringe, his confidence and knowledge of the techniques and composition of comedy is admirable. From the fact that he looks like the kid from Home Alone, to his ease at dealing with taboo subjects, he easily stole the show.

The show finished with Vladimir MacTavish, who looks like a cross between Oor Wullie and Rod Stewart, yet I couldn’t help but feel disappointed at the choice of headline act. Admittedly he was the oldest and looked as though he had been around a bit, but this shouldn’t have constituted the decision to make him end the evening.

His jokes were average at best, his references to Scottish culture were only intelligble to those members of the audience who were clued up on their Scottish knowledge and his closing sketch of what happens when you agree to go out for a drink with a colleague after work came across as an unfunny means to get free drinks from the bar. I’m not sure he was successful.

Taken from The Student, published Tue Nov 30th 2010.