A film which features York among its key locations has taken a national award – ahead of the directorial debut of a screen superstar.

Coming of age movie Scott and Sid took Best British Film in the National Film Awards after topping the poll in a public vote.

It pipped Yardie, the directorial debut of Luther star Idris Elba, to the top honour.


The movie, shot on a small budget and featuring emerging talent, also saw Charlotte Milchard win Best Supporting Actress.

The brainchild of real life best friends Sid Sadowskyj and Scott Elliott, who grew up in Bradford, Scott And Sid tells the story of two awkward teenagers who meet at school.

City locations

Many York locations feature in the movie. All the classroom scenes were shot at Huntington School.

Pivotal moments are located on the city walls.

The Biltmore Bar and Grill on Swinegate hosts scenes set on a night out – featuring many extras brought straight into the movie from the streets of York.

And the Assembly Rooms and Aviva offices also feature. It’s Yorkshire premiere took place at York’s Everyman Cinema.

Behind the scenes at the Biltmore


Classroom scenes were shot in Huntington School

Sid Sadowskyj with Idris Elba at the National Film Awards

Collecting the award at the London ceremony producer Sid Sadowskyj said they were now promoting Scott and Sid in the USA:

  • Never let anyone tell you you can’t do it. To quote CS Lewis, we are what we believe we are.

    Keep dream chasing guys, and follow us as we take our little film to America.

Sid met and chatted to Idris Elba on the night. He won Best Director and name-checked Sid in his acceptance speech.

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