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Peterhead film director Jon S. Baird wins Scottish Bafta for Stan & Ollie film

Bafta-winning director Jon S Baird has backed the Doric Film Festival.
Bafta-winning director Jon S Baird has backed the Doric Film Festival.

Peterhead film director Jon S. Baird has won a Scottish Bafta for his work in bringing Stan & Ollie to the silver screen.

Mr Baird, who created the acclaimed movie about American comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy, took home the award in the Director Fiction category.

He wasn’t at the ceremony and his accolade was collected by actress Shirley Henderson, who stars in the film.

She read out a speech by Mr Baird.

It said: “Thank you so much Bafta for this incredible honour and for recognising our film. I’m desperately sorry I can’t be there tonight as it would have been great to celebrate all of the fantastic work over the past year with you.”

He thanked everyone who was involved in making Stan & Ollie and added:

“I’m extremely proud to come from Scotland and will always try my absolute best to represent our country and its film industry wherever in the world I am working. Thanks so much again.”

The award was presented by Outlander stars  Sam Heughan and Caitríona Balfe.

He told the Press and Journal previously: “I am absolutely delighted to be nominated for the BAFTA Scotland award. Although I live in England, Scotland is where I’m from and it’s where my heart is.

“There are such a great amount of talented film makers up there and I am honoured to be celebrating our industry’s achievements with them.

“Film-makers are really all just children who are drawing pictures for their mums and dads. You want validation for what you do, but sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. But we all like a pat on the back and I think that’s true of most jobs.”

 

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