Deirdre Mullins was the delighted recipient of the Best in Film Award at the British Academy of Scotland Awards (BAFTA Scotland) on Sunday night (5th November) in Glasgow for her role as Clare in The Dark Mile.
The Irish born actor was surprised but delighted with the award: "I am utterly thrilled to receive this award," she said. "I was so proud to share a category with such inspirational women and to represent the amazing team behind The Dark Mile. Thank you BAFTA."
Deirdre went on to promote her passion for equality and the movement, ERA - Equal Representation for Actresses - "Our mission is a simple one. We want to see women represented on screen and in theatre in equal numbers to men. Currently women are systemically under represented - there are two male characters on UK screens for every one female; in children's TV this is more like 3:1. This does not accurately reflect our society. It distorts our view of the real world and the imbalance it creates, the misogynistic culture it produces, results in shocking abuses of power within the industry and beyond."
The psychological thriller produced and directed by Gary Love and nascent independent company, The Bridge Films, has been nominated for awards at both Raindance and the Edinburgh Film Festival, and the BAFTA provided a great fillip in the midst of the challenge to find funding and distribution channels for low budget productions.