Young Adam receives seven nominations in London Film Critics awards

THE Scottish film Young Adam is leading the field for this year’s London Film Critics’ Circle Awards, receiving nominations for seven categories.

Ewan McGregor is in the running for best British actor and David Mackenzie is up for three awards - best British director, best British screenwriter and best British newcomer.

Tilda Swinton has been nominated for best British actress for her part as Ella Gault, while the film is also in contention for the Attenborough Award, formerly known as the British Film of the Year. Winners are announced on 11 February.

The film, an adaptation of the Scots writer Alexander Trocchi’s first novel, tells the story of Joe, an amoral wanderer played by McGregor, who discovers the body of a girl while working on a barge. It has raised eyebrows with its graphic sex scenes between McGregor and co-star Emily Mortimer since premiering at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

However, critics claimed the cinematography transformed the bleak backdrop of 1950s Scotland into "explosive beauty" and that it was "a film charged with unexploded tension throughout".

The only other film to receive a similar number of nominations is Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World