Film of Alasdair Gray's Poor Things wins five BAFTA awards

The independent film starring Emma Stone, Willem Defoe, Mark Ruffalo, and Ramy Yousef has sparked renewed interest in the work of the Glasgow writer.

Emma Stone was named Best Actress for her work on Poor Things - one of five wins for the dark fantasy satire, an adaptation of the novel by Glaswegian polymath Alasdair Gray. Poor Things also won for Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & Hair and Special Visual Effects. The film had received 11 nominations.

Oppenheimer was the biggest winner on the night wiht seven BAFTAs: Best Film; Director for Christopher Nolan; Leading Actor for Cillian Murphy; Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr.; Cinematography; Editing, and Original Score.

Poor Things has been well received by critics - and more importantly by the people that knew Alasdair Gray best - despite the erasure of Glasgow from the setting for the adaptation which is mostly set in a steampunk version of London.

Willem Defoe revealed that he listened back to tapes of Alasdair Gray, who died in 2019, to influence his Scottish accent for his role as Baxter - a character which in and of itself has influences from the multi-talented Riddrie artist - one only needs to look at the mish-mash facial structure of the character to realise how closely it resembles how faces are represented in Gray's artwork.

The influence of the artist and novelist can still be seen around the city.

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