Larbert’s Alan bags a Bafta

Alan McLaughlin from Larbert won best director of photography for 'Lost Serenity'.

Alan McLaughlin from Larbert won best director of photography for 'Lost Serenity'.

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A film-maker defied the odds, a distinct lack of cash and TWO life-threatening conditions to bag his first BAFTA.

Larbert man Alan McLaughlin (22) almost knocked on death’s door twice as he waited to find out if his amazing work on the film ‘Lost Serenity’ would win best director of photography at last week’s Bafta Scotland New Talent awards.

Returning from another continent, the former Larbert High School pupil was struck down by deep vein thrombosis and, when he eventually recovered from that potential killer, was told he had developed meningitis.

In the weeks leading up to the awards, there were even doubts he would be around for the ceremony, let alone win anything.

Now fully recovered, Alan is still counting his blessings he did not receive his first Bafta posthumously.

He said: “The day I got out of hospital I got a call from Bafta saying ‘Lost Serenity’ had been nominated in two categories, sound design and director of photography. It was great for us to win both because there were some really talented people who came up with some beautiful stuff.”

Former Napier University student McLaughlin was featured in The Falkirk Herald in November 2011 when he was scouting locations for ‘Lost Serenity’ in Larbert.

Working on a less-than-shoestring budget, he helped create a striking depiction of a dystopian future which showcased his Bafta award-winning camera work.

It was an award he almost never got his hands on.

“Filming a documentary in Africa I had a really sore swollen leg and was told there were blood clots around my pulmonary artery. Then the doctor told me he was sorry but I was also suffering from meningitis,” he said.

Recent near fatal experiences behind him, Alan will continue his promising cinematic career, packing special anti-DVT stockings to jet off to Brazil to work on a documentary about a semi-mythical rainforest witch doctor called “John of God”.