The Hermit Of Treig wins Glasgow Audience Award

Festival ends after another successful year

by Jennie Kermode

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The Glasgow Film Festival came to a close last night, Sunday 13 March, after running a successful hybrid event. At the closing ceremony it was revealed that Lizzie MacKenzie had won the coveted Audience Award for her documentary The Hermit Of Treig, which follows a year in the life of Ken Smith, who lives alone in a cabin he built himself above Kinlochleven.

“Wow wow wow!" MacKenzie responded. "As if it wasn’t an honour enough as a Highland lassie to premier my first film at Glasgow Film Festival, winning the audience award is just magic. I’m so chuffed that Ken has charmed the audiences much like he charmed me during our first ever encounter that sparked his whole thing off. Now for the long hike into the woods to break the news over a glass of birch wine! From all Team Hermit, a massive thanks.”

Martin Compston, Alan Cumming, Don Letts, Armando Iannucci, Amanda Brugel, Icíar Bollaín, Ruth Paxton and Lulu were among the guests at the festival.

“We were excited to welcome audiences back to GFF22 and our wonderful audiences didn’t disappoint us. We have had the most wonderful array of guests and the films have been outstanding. The joy of working with a fabulous team and seeing people excited to be back in the cinema watching films on the big screen has uplifted us all," says festival co-director Allison Gardner.

Next year's festival will take place from 1 to 12 March 2023

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