Media release: Scottish film, ‘Convergence’, scoops top prize at film festival


AWARD-winning, Scotland-based filmmaker, Steve Johnson, added another prize to his film-making career at the weekend when ‘Convergence’ was awarded ‘Best Feature Film’ at the prestigious British Independent Film Festival held in London.

‘Convergence’, a psychological thriller about life, death and love, beat more than a 100 other movies to the top prize. Shot in Scotland, the low-budget film (which cost less than £3,500 to make), starred mainly little-known Scottish actors and actresses and garnered huge applause when it was announced winner at the festival awards ceremony on Saturday night.

Liverpool-born Steve said: “This has been an amazing night for the whole cast, crew and everyone else involved in this film. To win the main award, in the face of such great competition, is both incredible and humbling at the same time. Thanks to the organisers of the British Independent Film Festival and the judges for recognising raw, home-grown talent – both on screen and behind the camera.”

The 97-minute film is led by Jeremy Theobald (who had roles in Hollywood director, Christopher Nolan’s debut feature film, ‘Following’, and ‘Batman Begins’) as Martin, who plays opposite Nicolette McKeown (‘Mass Effect: Isolation’, ‘MetalHedz’ and television series, ‘Feel The Dead’) as Lily, in her first feature film.

The leads are supported by: Royal Conservatoire graduate, Alfie Wellcoat (‘Dual/Duel’ and ‘Haevn or Hele’), as Robert; Lee Fanning (‘Under The Skin’ and ‘The Angels’ Share’) as Dominic; Scottish American-based actress Anna Kennedy (‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’) as Maggie and Marcus Macleod (‘The Necromancer’ and ‘Book of Blood’) playing the enigmatic ‘Strategist’.

Steve’s first full-length Scottish film, ‘The Students of Springfield Street’, won ‘Best Feature Film’ at the 2015 Aberdeen Film Festival and also ‘Best Cinematography’ and ‘Best Actress’ categories at the 2016 Thistle International Film Festival.

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