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For Those In Peril “wins big” at the Scottish BAFTAs

Paul Wright's debut feature film was nominated for four awards and walked away with two at the end of the Scottish BAFTA ceremony, which took place last night in Glasgow. The Scotsman reports, "A first-time director’s moving film about the impact of a fishing tragedy on a close-knit north-east community claimed the glory at Scotland’s flagship film and TV awards." Nominated for Best Feature, Best Actor, Best Writer, and Best Director, the picture claimed the first two categories, a rare triumph for a first-time director. George Mackay took home the prestigious best actor award, beating Martin Compston  and Iain de Caestecker.

For Those In Peril has wowed critics since its screening at Cannes in the spring, and has had very positive reviews since its release in the UK last month. BAFTA Scotland director Alan de Pellette, quoted in the Scotsman, said: “For a first-time director to win an award like this [Best Feature] is a phenomenal achievement. He’s already had a good run of things because his short films have already won awards, he has made his first film at a pretty young age and he got his first film shown at Cannes, which was obviously massive, and now this.”

Huge congratulations to both Paul Wright, producers Mary Burke & Polly Stokes and George Mackay on their beautiful film that fully deserved to win!

Paul Wright at the Scottish BAFTA ceremony / photo: Andy Buchanan/BAFTA/PA Wire

‘For Those in Peril’ sails towards Cinema screens

"You would have to go back to Lynne Ramsay’s 'Ratcatcher' to find a Scottish debut displaying the kind of artistic conviction and promise that writer/director Paul Wright brings to bear on For Those in Peril." boasts The Scotsman Having won the 2011 Bafta for his short film 'Until The River Runs Red', Paul Wright has made an uncompromising and confident first feature, one that takes a difficult subject matter – post-traumatic stress and survivor’s guilt – and shapes it into an experimental, poetic and moving exploration of grief and the toll it can take. It’s the story of Aaron (George MacKay), a misfit in a small Scottish fishing community who has become the focal point for the collective anguish of the town after surviving a tragedy at sea that has cost five local fishermen – among them Aaron’s beloved older brother Michael – their lives. Numbed by the loss, Aaron is having a hard time accepting his brother is really gone and begins retreating into a dark, reality-blurring fantasy based on an old folk tale his mother used to tell him as a kid. Kate Dickie, Nicola Burley and George MacKay each shine in challenging roles  and young director Wright builds-up to a strange and intriguing finale that gives the film a distinct allegorical feel. It’s a film of rare ambition, one that marks Wright out as a talent to watch! In cinemas from 4th October 2013.

FLYING BLIND SWOOPS INTO CINEMAS THIS APRIL

Celebrated actress Helen McCrory stars in the sensational FLYING BLIND as Frankie, an aeronautical engineer whose profession and ambition is put at risk when she embarks on a passionate affair with a French-Algerian student.

Described by Total Film as an "an intriguing mix of sex and suspicion" and Variety as "a sleekly styled debut," FLYING BLIND tours NBCQ cinemas from April 11th.

Find out where FLYING BLIND will screen near you here.
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