Awards nod for Largo film maker

Scene from 'For Those in Peril', debut feature film by Largo writer and director Paul Wright.
Scene from 'For Those in Peril', debut feature film by Largo writer and director Paul Wright.

A film writer and director from Lower Largo has been recognised for his talents after being nominated for a host of prestigious awards.

Paul Wright (32) has been shortlisted for a Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland screen award, and just last week, it was announced that he was also in the running for Best Director and Best Writer at the Scottish Baftas.

The good news didn’t stop there however, as his debut feature film ‘For Those in Peril’ also received two further Scottish Bafta nominations: Best Feature Film and a Best Actor nomination for the film’s leading actor George MacKay.

In May, the Mail spoke to Paul after the film had just made its debut during Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival, and since then, the film has received high praise from critics.

“The fact that a lot of critics have responded to it has really helped,” said Paul. “It’s good for the film to have that kind of coverage.”

The film, which tells the story of Aaron, the sole survivor of a terrible maritime accident which claims the lives of both his brother and father, as well as a number of other fishermen, was released in England last month and Paul has been hot on the campaign trail to promote it.

“It’s good to be out there and connecting with the audiences because that’s why you make a film. Interacting with the audience after screenings and answering their questions has been great and the response to it has been really good.

“I think with a film with a lower budget, that’s what it’s all about really, because we don’t have the money to be marketing it with lots of posters everywhere and stuff so it’s more a grass roots sort of thing where it’s down to word of mouth of people who have seen it and they tell other people about it.”

November is set to be a busy month for the former Kirkland High School pupil. With the release of the movie in Scotland this week, he has both the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards and Scottish Baftas, hosted by Anstruther’s very own Edith Bowman, to look forward to as well.

Describing the Bafta nods as “pretty cool”, Paul adds: “I think anything that can help to boost people’s awareness of the film so that they hopefully go to see it is great, and for me as a film maker as well, for people to be taking notice of what you are doing makes a big difference. It’s fantastic.”

‘For Those in Peril’ will be at the Edinburgh Filmhouse from November 15, with a preview screening and Q & A on November 12.