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Me & Orson Welles Scoops Major Bafta Nomination - Isle of Man Film Press Release

British actor Christian McKay has been nominated in the Supporting Actor category in this year’s BAFTA awards. McKay stars as the eponymous Orson Welles in the Manx-made movie Me & Orson Welles which filmed in the Gaiety Theatre for three weeks in March 2008. His portrayal of Welles has attracted many accolades throughout the global film industry and has been widely praised as uncannily accurate. The film has since gone on to wide release and much critical acclaim all around the world, bringing considerable positive exposure for the Isle of Man.

Directed by leading indy director Richard Linklater and starring Zac Efron and Claire Danes alongside Christian, Me and Orson Welles tells the story of how teenage student Richard Samuels (Zac Efron) lucks his way into a minor role in the legendary 1937 Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar, directed by a youthful Orson Welles (Christian McKay). Over the course of a magical week, Richard makes his Broadway debut, finds romance with an ambitious older woman, and experiences the dark side of genius after daring to cross the imperious, brilliant Welles. Christian McKay and his co stars Zac Efron and Claire Danes and Director Richard Linklater were delighted to be back on the Island in November last year for the glittering Isle of Man premiere of the film which was held at the Gaiety Theatre.

DTI Minister David Cretney said, “We are delighted that Christian’s massive talent has been recognised by his peers and we wish him every success with this nomination. Christian very much enjoyed his time on the Island and is a great ambassador for the Isle of Man. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for him on February 21st!”

The full list of nominees can be found here: