Everything going according to script for Falkirk’s Katie

Katie White is hoping for success at tonight's BAFTA Scotland New Talent awards''Picture: Michael Gillen
Katie White is hoping for success at tonight's BAFTA Scotland New Talent awards''Picture: Michael Gillen

At the start of 2015 Katie White vowed it was going to be an important year for her budding scriptwriting career.

But even she didn’t realise just how momentous it was going to be.

Tonight (Thursday) she is attending the British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards where she will be keeping her fingers cross for success in the Entertainment film category.

Along with director Charlie Francis, Katie is nominated for ‘Middle Man’, the short film she wrote almost four years ago.

On the eve of the glittering ceremony, which takes place at The Arches, Glasgow, and is hosted by broadcaster Muriel Gray, she took time out to talk about the last few hectic weeks.

She said: “It’s really exciting. It seems like nonsense that we are going to be at the BAFTAs but it’s fabulous at the same time.

“We put ‘Middle Man’ forward and you have to meet certain criteria for the judging panel so there were several e-mails and phone calls back and forward. Then about five weeks ago we heard that the film would go in front of the judging panel.”

However, a couple of weeks ago, 10 minutes before Katie was due to step on a plane to China, she heard that they had made the short list.

She added: “While I was in China I was asked to judge a best British short film then I was invited to talk to students at the Western International School in Shanghai about scriptwriting.

“When I came home so many people have been in touch after hearing of the BAFTA nomination passing on good wishes. It’s been the most incredible week of my life.”

‘Middle Man’ was written in a day after Katie met someone at a party whose boyfriend was deaf and they told her about the type-and-talk service which allows people with hearing impairment to receive phone messages.

Her storyline involves two gay men who fall out with the ‘Middle Man’ from the type-and-talk call centre.

The short film has already enjoyed success, including last year winning the Best British Short at the Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff.

Part of the prize was £14,000 to spend on post-production at Pinewood Studios for their next film ... which begins setting up the day after the BAFTA ceremony with filming over the weekend.

“It’s manic,” said Katie. “On Monday we will be filming at the Oxgang Hotel in Grangemouth, which is great that we are getting so much support locally. We’ve had local people starring as extras and hopefully Falkirk is getting to bathe in the ripple from the films.”

She has also written a play with FDAMH (Falkirk District Association for Mental Health) which is going to be performed for mental health professionals in May.

‘Middle Man’ has already been screened around the world – everywhere from film festivals in Anstruther to Amsterdam, Sydney to New York, with more planned.

Katie, who lives in Falkirk, works full-time providing communication support for hearing-impaired pupils at Falkirk High School, having previously spent 16 years as an assistant in The Gilded Cage in the town centre.

Looking forward to the BAFTA New Talent ceremony, she said: “I said it was going to be an important year, but I don’t think I quite imagined how exciting it was going to be.”