Auchmithie film gets under critics’ skin

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A film which saw one of Hollywood’s top starlets come to Auchmithie has been nominated for two BAFTAs.

‘Under The Skin’, starring Scarlett Johansson, is on the shortlist for the 2015 British Academy Film Awards in the categories of ‘Outstanding British Film’ and ‘Original Music’.

It was partly filmed at Auchmithie during November 2011 and tells the story of a beautiful alien, Johansson, who travels around Scotland seducing men and luring them to their doom to meet demand for fresh produce for an intergalactic exotic food market.

Although it ultimately failed to make an impact at the box office and was slated on Internet film site Rotten Tomatoes, ‘Under The Skin’ was a favourite of critics, including The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw who gave it the top billing in his 10 best films of 2014.

‘Under The Skin’, directed by Jonathan Glazer, faces stiff competition in both categories. ‘Theory of Everything’, ‘Paddington’, ‘‘71’, ‘The Imitation Game’ and ‘Pride’ are named in the Outstanding British Film section.

Meanwhile Mica Levi’s score for ‘Under The Skin’ will have to beat nominations for ‘Birdman’, ‘Grand Budapest Hotel, ‘The Theory Of Everything’ and ‘Interstellar’ in the ‘Original Music’ category.

Hosting the BAFTA ceremony at the Royal Opera House, London, on Sunday, February 8, is Stephen Fry.

In an interview with London Live after the nominations were announced Stephen Fry praised the film. He said: “Under the Skin... is a very extraordinary film... most unusual and very, very achieved, very beautifully directed, wonderful cinematography, amazing sound scape. Everything about it was unusual and different and low budget and yet brilliantly cinematic. So I’m very happy to praise that above more obvious ones because it needs the attention, I think.”

‘Under The Skin’ was also recently nominated for two Gotham Independent Film Awards including ‘Best Feature’ and ‘Best Actress’ for Scarlett Johansson.

The EE British Academy Film Awards will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD, preceded by a red carpet show on BBC Three.