Bafta nod for Nat | Comic nominated for her short film Island Queen

Bafta nod for Nat

Comic nominated for her short film Island Queen

Stand-up Nat Luurtsema has been nominated for a Bafta for her short film Island Queen.

Luurtsema, also a member of the Jigsaw sketch trio, wrote and starred in the 16-minute film, which was last year named best comedy at the European Independent Film Festival in Paris.

Directed by Ben Mallaby, Island Queen also features comics Sam Pamphilon of the McNeil and Pamphilon double act, and Toby Williams, best known for his alter-ego George Ryegold.

When the results were announced this morning, Luurtsema tweeted: 'I haven't jumped on my bed in years, I have some flatmates to apologise to.'

Also nominated for best short film are Orbit Ever After, which co-stars McKenzie Crook, the dark comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, Room 8 and Sea View.

Here is a trailer for Island Queen:

Meanwhile, Steve Coogan was nominated for best adapted screenplay for his work with Jeff Pope on Philomena.

Coogan said: 'Philomena has been a labour of love. To make a film with the very best people, where comedy and pathos sit side by side is not easy. We all wanted to make something sincere and uncynical without being naive. To have it acknowledged by Bafta is very satisfying.'

Winners will be announced at London's Royal Opera House on February 16.

Published: 8 Jan 2014

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