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Gordon Napier

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Gordon Napier
BornFort William, Scotland
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  2015–present

Gordon Napier is a Scottish Film director.


Gordon Napier studied Film & Photography at Screen Academy Scotland. In 2014, he was awarded a BAFTA Scholarship which allowed him to enhance his training in Film Directing at the Edinburgh College of Art and later graduated with a Masters in Fine Art.[1][2]

His first short film Tide marked his directorial debut and starred Scottish actors Lewis Baxter and Gary Lewis. The film was funded through crowd funding website Indegogo and raised £10,665 smashing the original £5000 target.[3] At the 2015 British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards, Baxter received a nomination for the Best Actor accolade.[4] Later that year, Napier was selected to take part in the Warner Brothers Creative Talent Scholarship programme.[5]

In 2016, Napier was chosen to direct the short film 1745 which was one of six films chosen by the Scottish Film Talent Network to receive funding from Creative Scotland and the British Film Institute.[6] The short film follows the tale of two Nigerian sisters torn from their home and sold into slavery and their attempt to elude their master in the Scottish Highlands. The film had it world premiere at the 2017 edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival where it was given an honourable mention by the festival's jurors.[7]. Film review website, Eye for Film wrote:

"Napier - who is surely going to step up from short films soon - tightly controls the mood. He finds tension through contrast, such as the cut from the breathless women fleeing in their long frocks catching on the ground, to the static austerity of their master's home. Napier and Schwanitz have a fluid approach to filming."[8]

On October 4 2017, Napier received a Bafta Scotland nomination for his work on 1745.[9]


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
2015 La Chasse Yes Yes
Tide Yes Yes Yes
2016 The Northleach Horror Production Manager
Location Manager
2017 1745 Yes Yes


Year Nominated Work Awards Category Result
2017 1745 British Academy Scotland Awards Best Short
(Shared with Morayo Akandé and John McKay)


  1. Edinburgh Film Profile
  2. BAFTA Scholarship Programme Recipients in 2014
  3. Tide Indegogo Page
  4. BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards: Winners in 2015
  5. Sandwell, Ian (4 February 2015). "Warner Bros launches second Creative Talent". Screen Daily. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  6. Scottish Film Talent Network Announcement
  7. National Film & Television School Article
  8. Eye For Film Review of 1745
  9. British Academy Scotland Awards Full List of 2017 Nominations

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