Christo­pher and Louise hope to scoop awards

Ac­tor and di­rec­tor to at­tend BAFTA Scot­land night

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A Castlemilk and Cam­bus­lang pair are look­ing for­ward to find­ing out if they have scooped a BAFTA Scot­land New Tal­ent award.

We re­ported last week that Christo­pher Martin and Louise Daw­son will don their best tux and dress for the cer­e­mony to­mor­row evening, Thurs­day, at the Dry­gate Brew­ery in Glas­gow.

For­mer St Do­minic’s and St Mar­garet Mary’s pupil Chris, 35, was nom­i­nated for the act­ing per­for­mance male cat­e­gory for his role in Open Mike.

In the film he ex­plores the life of Michael, an adult with autism who lives in soli­tude.

Chris, who wrote the char­ac­ter and screen­play, re­searched autism thor­oughly and in­ter­acted with those who live with the con­di­tion.

He found the phys­i­cal­ity of the role a chal­lenge as he sus­tained a contortion of his body to carry a more au­then­tic pos­ture.

Chris said: “It was sur­pris­ing at first. It started off just as a stu­dent film and then we were dragged back into univer­sity by lec­tur­ers who told us we should sub­mit it for the Scot­tish BAFTAs.

“They told us the film was pretty spe­cial. At first we were un­sure but it has worked out well since then.

“I wrote the film but gave my­self very few lines. With choos­ing to write about a man with autism I had to do a lot of re­search.”

Chris had only re­turned to act­ing five years ago and has since ap­peared in the Scot­tish soap River City.

Af­ter work­ing for a num­ber of years at AVIVA, he had a water­shed moment when he de­cided that he wanted to pur­sue his true pas­sion.

He added: “I met the di­rec­tor Danny Jack­son at a work­shop and he in­vited me to play Paul Bren­nan. It was only a short part but it gave me some good ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Louise Daw­son, a for­mer West Coats Pri­mary and Cathkin High School pupil, from East­field, be­hind it.

She said: “It re­ally was an in­cred­i­ble sur­prise to be nom­i­nated.

“I know I don’t stand alone in that no artist or film­maker is ever en­tirely happy with their own work, so when it’s recog­nised by peo­ple within the in­dus­try for some­thing as pres­ti­gious as the BAFTA Scot­land New Tal­ent Awards, it’s a very over­whelm­ing feel­ing, and one I’m ex­tremely proud of.

“Film­ing on a Scot­tish beach dur­ing April was never go­ing to be easy, but it turned out to be even more chal­leng­ing than I’d ever imag­ined.

“We were hit with gail force winds, and tor­ren­tial rain through­out, which, although was per­fect for the film’s vis­ual con­ti­nu­ity, it made the film­ing con­di­tions ex­cep­tion­ally dif­fi­cult for both the cast and crew.”

The BAFTA Scot­land New Tal­ent Awards is an an­nual awards cer­e­mony which recog­nises, in­spires and cel­e­brates the di­verse ar­ray of emerg­ing prac­ti­tion­ers from all over Scot­land and gives up- and­com­ing screen in­dus­try tal­ent an al­limpor­tant plat­form to show­case their work to the wider in­dus­try.

Soap star Christo­pher Martin

Di­rec­tor Louise Daw­son

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