A Scottish Summer as the BAFTAS Come To Town

Robert Carlyle arrives at City Halls last night with his wife, Anastasia Shirley, for the Scottish Baftas
Robert Carlyle arrives at City Halls last night with his wife, Anastasia Shirley, for the Scottish Baftas

By Roisin Brady

Robert Carlyle’s new low budget film Summer won the top awards at the Scottish Baftas last night, held in Glasgow.

The film, directed by Kenny Glenaan, was awarded Best Feature and Best Director at the star-studded ceremony. Carlyle arrived with his wife, Anastasia Shirley, used his moment in the spotlight to deliver a damning message about the lack of funding being brought into the Scottish film industry.

Discussing his new film The Meat Trade, a rumoured sequel to Trainspotting, Carlyle said that production on the film had been halted, stating “It’s an all-round problem. There’s no money anywhere to make anything. It’s stupid at the moment to complain about it because everybody is in the s*** in various different ways.”

However, he also declared that Summer was a perfect example of the raw talent that could be showcased when money is invested.

Other winners on the night were Brian Cox who won Best Acting Performance for his role in The Escapist and Lorraine Kelly, who was voted Most Popular Scottish Presenter.

Kelly, who attended the ceremony with her daughter, was delighted with her prize. “People actually took the time and trouble to vote for me and if you look at the category, if you look at the people I was up against, they were all so brilliant.

“There are some legends in there, so that makes it even more special.”

The event was hosted by Radio One DJ Edith Bowman, who presented the awards in front of 800 people in Glasgow’s City Halls.