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You looking at my bird?

September 26 2009
A short film about a homeless Glasgow man wins Scottish BAFTA A short film of about 12 minutes about a homeless man in Glasgow won the Scottish BAFTA for best fictional film. It was the work of Billy Campbell (22) who graduated from University For The Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey, with a BA in Film Production last year. The spoof documentary compares the life of the homeless man with that of a city pigeon, an idea Mr Campbell had been thinking about since he became involved in documentaries from the age of 15. Shot on a very low budget with the cast working for free, the film was completed in four days in the centre of Glasgow. Life of a Pigeon picked up the Scottish BAFTA and was also nominated for 'Best Short Film' and for the 'Best Performance' for lead actor Owen Gorman. The awards were held at the Royal Scottish Music and Drama School and presented by Dougie Anderson, Presenter of the 'T in the Park' music festival. Before coming to the Scottish BAFTAs, the film was shown at festivals in Hamburg, Glasgow and Sheffield. The film features a character appearing in locations around the city, caught up in his own world and seemingly oblivious to others; similar to the way pigeons can perhaps across to us. Director Billy Campbell, from Campsie Glen, near Lennoxtown, Dunbartonshire, won £800 and a year's subscription to the British Academy of Film and Television. He said of the film: "It's very dark and humorous, a nice mix of message and entertainment. Winning was completely unexpected. I am just glad the judges saw what I was intending."