On a Mission: BAFTA Scotland Inaugurated

Scottish cinema was making waves in the 80s, with Bill Forsyth’s Gregory’s Girl and Local Hero enjoying wide-spread acclaim, and cult Hollywood action film Highlander bringing stunning Scottish landscapes to a global audience.

The decision to recognise Scotland’s burgeoning screen industry was described as a “logical and very welcome development’ by BAFTA Scotland co-founder David Bruce. With a starting membership of 100 and generous support from the Scottish broadcasting industry, BAFTA Scotland was inaugurated on 7 December with a special screening of The Mission at Glasgow Film Theatre. Among the attendees were Bruce and fellow co-founders Reginald Collin, Graham Benson, Christine Maclean and Iain Smith (associate producer on The Mission, which went on to achieve BAFTA and Oscar success).

BAFTA Scotland now offers year-round screenings, events and new talent initiatives and hosts an annual Awards ceremony celebrating the very best of Scottish talent, with Billy Connolly, Lorraine Kelly, Armando Iannucci and Alan Cumming among the Outstanding Contribution recipients.

Pic: Scottish locations in Highlander (1986) included the villages of Glencoe and Dornie (Moviestore/Shutterstock)

Highlander (1986)

Video: Producer Iain Smith discusses co-founding BAFTA Scotland in 1986 (Source: BAFTA).