Thursday, 21 February 2008

Seachd - The Inaccessible Pinnacle

I watched this movie when it was released at a local cinema here last month. This is a movie that caused quite a bit of stir at the end of 2007, not because of any objectionable content but because it is a highly praised movie from Scotland (shot almost entirely in Gaelic) that the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) refused to nominate for the Academy Award’s Best Foreign Language Film category. Many critics thought this film stood a good chance of winning so BAFTA’s decision not to enter the film came as a shock. As a result, Scottish producer Chris Young quit the BAFTA in protest, stating “not only are they not supporting a British film and a British film producer, but they are actively putting obstacles in our path”. Even the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the US demanded an explanation from BAFTA. BAFTA refused to explain why they are not submitting the film. The official website for the film can be found here:

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