At the British Academy Scotland Awards in Glasgow, Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon just received the award for 'Best Director' for I AM BREATHING. They are pictured here with Louise Oswald who was Neil Platt's wife.
Emma Davie said about being named 'Best Director':
"Actually we were just midwives. It was Neil who died 6 months after we started making it. And he really was our collaborator and the man whose vision is now in this film. His wife Louise is here now, and I think that Morag and I, and everybody involved in the film, feel in awe of Neil and Louise and the family and what they've given in sharing what it is to live with motor neurone disease.
I like to thank everybody from Scottish Documentary Institute: Sonja, Noe, Ben, Rebecca, Demelza, so many people who have done so much for us. Creative Scotland, Film 4, Danish Film Institute."
Co-director Morag McKinnon added:
"We've had huge support from so many people – the Motor Neurone Disease Association who really got the film out there. They got huge bill boards in the underground in London. When we were interviewing Neil he said: 'I want to be the poster boy for MND and I want to be naked on the side of a bus.'
We didn't quite manage that, Neil, but here's a tribute to you!
You know, he was the most amazing man, and this is our tribute to him. And we hope we've done him justice."