Emerging filmmakers honoured

Danile with his trophy for the Acting Performance Male award.
Danile with his trophy for the Acting Performance Male award.

A newton Mearns actor has clinched a top award at the Scottish BAFTA’s by winning the Acting Performance Male award.

Daniel Cameron (23) from Newton Mearns fought off strong competition on the evening to eventually walk away with the top title.

Daniel powerful character performance had been nominated for his role in ‘I Am Me’ which tells the story of 24-year-old Charlie, a young man with a learning disability and autism.

The story begins as Charlie moves into his own flat as his mum takes ill and struggles with his care, Charlie’s older brother Tom is keen that he takes steps towards living a more independent life.

Over time though Charlie is targeted by local youths and the abuse starts to escalate.

‘I Am Me’ is a hard hitting and emotional film that explores the many complex issues surrounding the effects of disability hate crime, in a thought provoking yet sensitive way.

Daniel immersed himself in the role through research and interaction with family friends who live with autism.

Of his win, Daniel spoke to The Extra, saying: “I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to be a BAFTA New Talent Award winner.

There was a lot of extremely hard work, effort and background research went into this role, which I was determined to do justice to, given how important and topical an issue it currently is.”

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Scotland awards were held in Drygate and were hosted by Muriel Gray for the fifth year running.

A special surprise guest of honour Danny Boyle shocked guests with his unexpected appearance on the evening.

The Trainspotting director dropped in to present the Best New Work award to Kris Kubik to close an evening honouring up-and-coming Scottish film talent.

Daniel’s prize was presented to him by Gavin Mitchell and Michael Hines both of ‘Chewin’ The Fat’ and ‘Still Game’ fame.

The Scottish BAFTA’s honoured new work made by students and emerging practitioners, highlighting the bright future of Scotland’s moving image industries.