Netflix horror set in Highlands leads race for Scottish BAFTA honours

Calibre is leading the race for Scottish BAFTA honours after being named best British movie at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Calibre is leading the race for Scottish BAFTA honours after being named best British movie at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
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A Netflix horror thriller set in the Highlands and filmed in a country park in West Lothian is leading the running for BAFTA Scotland honours this year.

Edinburgh-based filmmaker Matt Palmer is up for best writer and best director honours for Calibre, which which charts the nightmarish events that unfold for two friends after a tragic accident on a weekend hunting trip.

The three main stars of the film - Jack Lowden, Martin McCann and Tony Curran - will all compete in the best movie actor category.

Calibre, which has been praised by horror movie legend Stephen King since being launched on Netflix in the summer, won the Michael Powell Award for best British film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

A debut feature by Palmer, Calibre is said to have been inspired by classic thrillers Deliverance and Straw Dogs. It follows Vaughn and Carter as they attempt to cover up a tragedy before being turned on by a group of increasingly suspicious villagers.

Palmer, who shot Calibre at Beecraigs Country Park, will compete for best writer and director with Armando Iannucci, nominated for political satire The Death of Stalin.

Ella Hunt and Shauna Macdonald have earned best actress nods for their respective roles in two other horror films - Anna and the Apocalypse and White Chamber.

The Party’s Just Beginning, Karen Gillan’s debut feature as a director, which she shot and starred in around her native Inverness, is up for best movie.

It will be up against Anna and the Apocalypse, a zombie musical set during the festive season, and Nae Pasaran, a documentary about a group of factory workers who defied Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s military regime.

Previous best TV actor winner Douglas Henshall is in contention again for crime series Shetland, against Chris Reilly for BBC drama The Last Post and Jonathan Watson for sitcom Two Doors Down. The A Word star Morven Christie, Kiran Sonia Sawar, for Netflix sci-fi series Black Mirror and Elaine C Smith for Two Doors Down are up for best TV actress.

Awards host Edith Bowman defended the lack of women recognised in the main writer and director categories, with Gillan a sole female nominee.

Bowman said: “It’s really down to production companies and commissioners to give more jobs to women. That’s the way to have a bigger pool. But you can’t just vote for a woman because they’re a woman. There has to be more women in the mix.”

NOMINATIONS IN FULL

ACTOR FILM


TONY CURRAN Calibre
JACK LOWDEN Calibre
MARTIN MCCANN Calibre

ACTOR TELEVISION

DOUGLAS HENSHALL Shetland
CHRIS REILLY The Last Post
JONATHAN WATSON Two Doors Down

ACTRESS FILM

ELLA HUNT Anna and the Apocalypse
SHAUNA MACDONALD White Chamber
SIÂN PHILLIPS Voyageuse

ACTRESS TELEVISION

MORVEN CHRISTIE The A Word
KIRAN SONIA SAWAR Black Mirror: Crocodile
ELAINE C SMITH Two Doors Down

ANIMATION

SCOTTISH CUP Production Team - Once Were Farmers
SHORT CHANGED Zoë Hutber, Denisa Uherová
WIDDERSHINS Simon Biggs, Will Adams - Scottish Film Talent Network

DIRECTOR – FACTUAL

JOHN MACLAVERTY Scotland 78: A Love Story
MATT PINDER Violent Men: Behind Bars
FELIPE BUSTOS SIERRA Nae Pasaran

DIRECTOR – FICTION

ARMANDO IANNUCCI The Death of Stalin
COLM MCCARTHY Black Mirror: Black Museum
MATT PALMER Calibre

ENTERTAINMENT

ARMCHAIR DETECTIVES Production Team – Tiger Aspect Productions/BBC One
LAST COMMANDERS Toby Stevens, Ryan Meloy, Louise Brown - OMG Scotland/Panda
Television/CBBC
RAVEN Production Team - BBC Scotland Children’s/CBBC

FEATURE FILM

ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE Naysun Alae-Carew, Nicholas Crum, John McPhail, Alan
McDonald - Blazing Griffin
NAE PASARAN Felipe Bustos Sierra, Colin Monie, Peter Keith, Patrick Neil Doyle - Debasers
Filums
THE PARTY'S JUST BEGINNING Karen Gillan, Mali Elfman, R. Andru Davies, Claire Mundell -
Mt Hollywood Films/Synchronicity Films

FEATURES & FACTUAL SERIES

CLASS OF MUM AND DAD Production Team – Firecracker Scotland/Channel 4
THE FORCE: THE STORY OF SCOTLAND’S POLICE Sarah Howitt, Mick McAvoy, Alison
Pinkney, Shiona McCubbin – STV Productions/BBC One
VIOLENT MEN: BEHIND BARS Matt Pinder, Liam McArdle, Iain Scollay, Nicole Kleeman –
Firecrest Films/Channel 4

GAME

BECKETT Production Team - The Secret Experiment
COBI HOOPS 2 Production Team - Cobra Mobile
OOO: ASCENSION Kenny Creanor, Bobby Farmer, Tony McBride - Extra Mile Studios

SHORT FILM

I WAS HERE Joe Carter, Morna Pearson, Dave Gillies, Susannah Armitage - Scottish Film
Talent Network
MY LONELINESS IS KILLING ME Tim Courtney, Michael Richardson, Siobhan Fahey, Stuart
Condy - Scottish Film Talent Network
SLAP Simone Smith - Wild Room

SINGLE DOCUMENTARY

BREADLINE KIDS Louise Pirie, Audrey McColligan, Iain Scollay, Nicole Kleeman - Firecrest
Films/BBC One Scotland
LIFE BEHIND BARS: VISITING HOUR Production Team - Chalkboard/Channel 4
SCOTLAND 78: A LOVE STORY Production Team - IMG Productions Scotland/BBC One
Scotland

SPECIALIST FACTUAL

THE CANCER HOSPITAL Andrew Abbott, Louise Lockwood, Iain Scollay - Firecrest Films/BBC
One Scotland
IMAGINE...RUPERT EVERETT: BORN TO BE WILDE Production Team - BBC Studios, Pacific
Quay Productions/BBC One
TRUST ME, I'M A DOCTOR - MENTAL HEALTH SPECIAL Production Team - BBC Studios,
Science Unit/BBC Two

TELEVISION SCRIPTED

SCOT SQUAD Jack Docherty, Joe Hullait, Rab Christie, Iain Davidson - The Comedy Unit/BBC
One Scotland

SHETLAND Production Team - Silverprint Pictures/BBC One

TRUST ME Production Team - Red Production Company/BBC One

WRITER FILM/TELEVISION

ARMANDO IANNUCCI The Death of Stalin
DAVID KANE Shetland
MATT PALMER Calibre