Glasgow Clyde College graduate receives BAFTA for film celebrating city

A graduate of Glasgow Clyde College has won a prestigious BAFTA award – after producing a film celebrating Glasgow. 

Twenty-year-old Iain Henderson, a former TV Operations student at Glasgow Clyde College, created a film focused on the theme of ‘What makes Glasgow great’ for last year’s Commonwealth Games. His production was screened to more than 40,000 spectators at the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony and was then entered by Glasgow Clyde College into the Entertainment category of The British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards, run by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Scotland.

On his time at Glasgow Clyde College, Ian comments; "I loved my time at Glasgow Clyde College. I came straight from school and the difference was huge. At College you were treated like an adult and the environment was so friendly and comfortable.The lecturers were all great, especially my mentor Kate Smith."

The annual awards ceremony recognises, inspires and celebrates new and emerging practitioners from all over the country and gives up-and-coming screen industry talent an all-important platform to showcase their work to the wider industry. Students and emerging professionals in the moving image industries are invited to submit films, documentaries, animation, original music, entertainment programmes and games works for consideration. 

“I thought it was important to represent the real Glasgow in my film, the gestures and positive attitude of the people, using local patter and iconic locations,” explains Iain. “I worked alongside underground Scottish rapper MOG to create a poetic masterpiece capturing all the ‘Wee ‘Hings’ that make up a brilliant, diverse city.”

Iain pitched his idea for the film to a panel of judges involved in the Student Media Festival, who offered the grand prize of broadcasting the winning film to thousands of people at Celtic Park at the start of Glasgow 2014.

“It was one of the best moments of my life,” said Iain. “It was followed up with a television interview and the film also featured in a TV documentary called 'When The Games Came To Glasgow'.”

Iain, from Mansewood in the south side of Glasgow, graduated from Glasgow Clyde College last summer with a HND in TV Operations and has ambitions of travelling the world, making documentaries and films, and help empower people through his creativity. 

He said: “I'm thrilled to have won the BAFTA and it's definitely the biggest achievement of my life to date. It was such a great feeling to have been recognised for my film. I never expected to win the BAFTA".

Photo shows: Ian Henderson holding his BAFTA with Digital Media lecturer, Jim McIvor.


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