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Film Producer Quits Bafta in Oscar Row

Seachd: A Mouintain Peak Can Become a Lonely Place

"BAFTA toppers have been taken aback by the strength of Scottish protests. Privately, they admit that a London-based jury might not be the best way in future to make the U.K.'s Oscar choice, given that candidates typically come from the distant Celtic fringes, where languages other than English are still spoken." Adam Dawtrey, Variety

A film producer has resigned from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts because he said they will not put forward his Gaelic film for an Oscar. Edinburgh-born Christopher Young is angry that Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle has not been nominated for the foreign language category.

He said the decision was "explicitly anti-Gaelic". 

Bafta said it had considered making a submission on three occasions and stood by its decision. In a statement, Bafta said it would only submit a film it considered "outstanding".

Seachd sees a young boy's life hijacked by his dying grandfather, leading the youngster to the Inaccessible Pinnacle. Sgurr Dearg - the red peak - is considered one of the most treacherous climbs on Skye . The film tells the story of a boy's quest for the truth behind his dying grandfather's "fearful stories". Scenes were shot on the Cuillin ridge on Skye.

 

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