Falkirk Cineworld has been chosen to screen a critically-acclaimed Scottish film which is up for four Scottish BAFTAs from tomorrow (Friday).
‘For Those In Peril’ was premiered at Cannes this year and has received rave reviews since enhancing the reputation of Scotland’s growing filmmaking industry.
The film is about a young misfit named Aaron, played by George McKay (Sunshine On Leith) who lives in a remote Scottish community and is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident that killed his brother and four other men.
Residents in the village he lives in, influenced by superstition and sea-going folklore, blame him for the tragedy and he becomes an solitary outcast in his community.
Possessed by grief, madness and magic Aaron refuses to believe his brother is dead and sets out to recover him while his mental state is played out through a dark, reality blurring fantasy that he constructs in order to avoid accepting the loss of his brother.
‘For Those In Peril’ has been nominated for best feature film, actor/actress (George McKay) and director and writer for short filmmaker Paul Wright who is no stranger to awards for his works.
His first short film ‘Hikikomori’ won a Scottish BAFTA and won best drama award at the Royal Television Society awards in 2007.
‘Believe’ won the Golden Leopard for best international short film at Locarno in 2009 and ‘Until the River Runs Red’ won a BAFTA for best short fiction film in 2011. ‘For Those In Peril’ is his debut feature length film.
The inspiration for Wright’s latest feature came from his own childhood in a community like the lead character’s.
He said: “I grew up in a fishing village in Fife. I remember when I was little the mums and dads used to tell all the kids about the devil in the ocean, how it had cursed the town and all the people in it.
“Stories of the sea were always present but the interesting thing about having all these stories was that, as a youngster, it was difficult to tell what was real and what wasn’t.
“I was interested in making a film about someone who is old enough to know the difference, but who still becomes obsessed with one of these myths.
“Losing some one close is something that everyone goes through at some stage. In my own life that happened when I lost my father. Although I knew what happened I don’t think I could get my head round it.
“It was a time where not accepting the finality of what had happened became a thing and daydreaming ab out reunited or seeing them again was part of that. It’s something that has obviously stuck with me for some time. Having death as a theme was a way of showing how life become precious.”
The film also boasts rising Scottish actress Kate Dickie who plays Aaron’s despairing mother Cathy.
Her CV is growing apace following roles in Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’, ‘Red Road’ - for which she won a Scottish BAFTA for, Irbine Welsh’s ‘Filth’ and numerous TV parts in the likes of ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘New Tricks’, ‘Taggart’ and ‘The Vice’.
Nichola Burley of ‘Love + Hate’ and ‘Streetdance 3D’ also stars as Jane (Aaron’s brother’s fiancee).
The film was supported by funding from Creative Scotland and will be shown for one week from tomorrow (Friday, November 8) at Falkirk Cineworld.