Screen Academy Scotland post-graduate student Robin Haig and her team of Edinburgh Napier postgraduate alumni - Lindsay McGee, Mandy Lee and Claire Nicol – won Best Drama for her film Hula, starring Blythe Duff.
The film was co-written and directed by Robin as part of her MFA in advanced film practice, and tells the story of Clara, an unhappy divorcee who rediscovers the joy of life after opening a B&B in the Highlands.
The film will be screened at the Edinburgh Filmhouse and will premiere at XpoNorth in Inverness in June. Former Taggart star Blythe spent a week in Robin’s home while the film was made.
Hula received funding through Allan Shiach’s Rafford scholarship grant. Edinburgh Napier’s Rafford Award provides bursaries and grants for MFA advanced film practice students. Dr Allan Shiach is an Honorary Professor of Film at Edinburgh Napier University and writing as Allan Scott, he is an acclaimed screenwriter and film producer.
Screen Academy Scotland was well represented among the other winners and nominees at last night’s New Talent ceremony at Drygate Brewery in Glasgow.
Lucid was also nominated in the Drama category. This was directed by Edinburgh College of Art student Lucy Joan Barnes with Edinburgh Napier postgraduate students on the crew (Fraser Stephen, Cinematography; Filip De Pina, Editor; Nils Gustenhofen, Screenwriter).
Another ECA Screen Academy Scotland film Lemuria was nominated in the Sound and Music Composer categories.
Edinburgh Napier MA Film graduate Mihail Ursu was nominated for his camerawork on No Place Like Home.
Dr Alistair Scott, acting director of Screen Academy Scotland, said: “It is great that the BAFTA judging panels, made up of industry representatives, have recognised the potential of these talented graduates.”