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Bafta Scotland award for Ken Loach's film production company

Published 19/10/2016

A film production company formed by director Ken Loach is to be honoured at next month's Bafta Scotland awards ceremony
A film production company formed by director Ken Loach is to be honoured at next month's Bafta Scotland awards ceremony

A top hair and make-up artist and a film production company formed by Ken Loach and others are to be honoured at this year's Bafta Scotland awards.

Sixteen Films and Christine Cant will be presented with outstanding contribution awards at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Scotland (Bafta Scotland) ceremony in Glasgow next month.

The film production company, formed by director Ken Loach, producer Rebecca O'Brien and writer Paul Laverty, will receive the award for outstanding contribution to film.

The team made Carla's Song, My Name Is Joe, then, under the banner of Sixteen Films, made Sweet Sixteen, The Angels' Share and Ae Fond Kiss.

All their films have been recognised at major international film festivals, with The Wind that Shakes the Barley and I, Daniel Blake winning the prestigious Palme d'Or at Cannes.

Mr Laverty said: "This is a total treat and a wonderful recognition of collaboration - the essence of film-making. We all swim or sink together.

"And a double treat to think of the big Scottish family over the years. It will be an enormous pleasure so big thanks to Bafta Scotland."

Ms Cant will receive an award for outstanding contribution to craft.

With almost 25 years in the industry, she has worked on television shows including Absolutely Fabulous, Father Ted and Midsomer Murders.

After graduating from Glasgow School of Art, she embarked on her first BBC training course in Glasgow before landing her first make-up job at Kick Up The Eighties, starring Miriam Margolyes and Robbie Coltrane.

She won a Bafta for best make-up with Agatha Christie's Poirot in 1990 and was nominated for a second time, in 2005, for her work on Absolutely Fabulous.

Ms Cant said: "I was thrilled to hear I was to receive the outstanding contribution to craft award at this year's British Academy Scotland Awards.

"The awards are always very special to me and to be amongst so many talented people once again is a true honour."

In addition to the outstanding contribution awards, 18 trophies will be handed out at the ceremony at the city's Radisson Blu Hotel on Sunday November 6, with categories including actor film, actress film, feature film and game.

Nominees include Peter Capaldi, Brian Cox, Ashley Jensen and Kate Dickie.

Bafta Scotland director Jude MacLaverty said: "We have a tremendous amount of talent in Scotland, so we feel extremely privileged to be presenting Christine Cant and Sixteen Films with our outstanding contribution awards."

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