Oscars snub for Gaelic film

  • List.co.uk
  • 20 September 2007

A film producer behind a highly rated Gaelic movie has resigned from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) after it failed to put forward his work for an Oscar.

Chris Young criticised the organisation for failing to submit Seachd – The Inaccessible Pinnacle, claiming Bafta was failing to support British film.

He said: 'What actually is the benefit of being a member of Bafta? I have decided to quit.'

The film, thought to be Scotland’s first Gaelic feature film, was shot in Skye and features an old man telling his grandchildren a series of stories.

Bafta claims it cannot discuss the decision due to a code of confidentiality.

However the organisation which administers the Academy Awards has voiced its concerns that Bafta has refused to submit the film for the Best Foreign Language category.

The decision follows a refusal to submit a Welsh film for consideration.

Chair of the US Academy’s London committee, Sandy Lieberson, said: 'I have never known a country refuse to submit a film.

'The merit of a film’s worthiness is totally subjective and the experts are continually making grave errors of judgment about movies.

'Therefore it would seem only logical for Bafta to have chosen one of the films to represent the fact that Britain is a multi-language country.'

He added that the Scottish government should intervene.

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