Graeme McGeagh is a Scottish screenwriter and actor. He is possibly best known for co-writing and playing the leading role of Tom Collins in the film A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide.
Life and career
Born in Kirkintilloch in Scotland, McGeagh formed a close film partnership with childhood friends Graham Hughes and Keith Grantham. In 2011, the trio writing their first film The Big Slick. The feature-length comedy film, which also starred the trio in acting roles, tells the story of six young guys whose efforts to spend a quiet night in, quickly spiral out of control. The film was an overwhelming success and earned McGeagh, Hughes and Grantham a nomination for best achievement in writing at the 2011 British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards. The trio were triumphant and took home the accolade at the ceremony which was held at the Glasgow Film Theatre on 11 March 2011.
Following the success of The Big Slick, McGeagh reunited with Hughes and Grantham in 2013 to write their next feature film. Work began later that year on A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide, a story about a man named Tom Collins whose string of failed suicide attempts leads him to plan what he dubs will be his own 'spectacular suicide'. With the film written, McGeagh was approached to play the lead role which he accepted. Director Graham Hughes, later said 'I think he's a talent—and was the right guy for the part.'
The film was later released in 2014 and was well received both at home and abroad. Its first festival appearance was at the Cinequest Film Festival in California, and in the UK the film premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide earned McGeagh a 2nd Bafta nomination at the 2014 British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards for Best Acting Performance.
|2011||The Big Slick||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gavin||Feature Film|
Debut as Writer, Actor & Producer
|2014||A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tom Collins||Feature Film|
|2015||Christmas Eve of the Dead||Yes|
|2011||The Big Slick||British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards||Best Writer
(Shared with Graham Hughes and Keith Grantham)
|2014||A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide||British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
- British Film Council Listing
- Scotsman Article on BAFTA Nominees
- Skinny Magazine Article on 2011 Nominations
- GFT Article: BAFTA IN SCOTLAND NEW TALENT AWARD WINNERS Archived 23 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
- Bafta Scotland: 2011 New Talent Award Winners
- Reel Scotland Interview with Graham Hughes
- Cinequest Festival Film Page
- Edinburgh Reporter Article
- Edinburgh Film Festival Listing
- British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards Full List of Winners & Nominations 2014
- Skinny Magazine Article on 2014 Nominations