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Coatbridge actress asks Lewis Capaldi to take her on date after winning award


A Coatbridge actress has asked Lewis Capaldi to take her out on a date after she scooped an award at the only film festival that took place this year.

Anna Russell-Martin, 21, plays the lead role in the independent short film The Shift, which is set in a Glasgow supermarket.

The budding actress jetted out to Italy for the 10-day festival and saw the nine-minute movie win the Venice short film nomination for the European Film Awards.

Posting a photo posing on the red carpet on Twitter, Anna announced the exciting news and made the cheeky request to the Scottish singer.

Lewis Capaldi has yet to respond to the cheeky request

She wrote: “I won an award at Venice Film Festival. @LewisCapaldi will you take me on a date now? X”

The Someone You Loved hitmaker has yet to respond to the tweet, but one fan commented: “Honestly you don’t realise how much this is meant to be pal.”

This is the first film role for former St Andrew’s High School pupil Anna following a successful career in musical theatre.

The Shift is the second movie written and directed by Edinburgh film-maker Laura Carreira, a 2019 Bafta Scotland nominee with her previous production Red Hill.

Anna is pictured during a key scene in short film The Shift

Set in a Glasgow supermarket, the nine-minute long The Shift tells the story of an unnamed woman, played by Anna, on a zero-hours contract.

Anna told told the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser: “You see her full day from walking her dog to doing her weekly shop – in the reduced aisle – and then at the end she gets a call to say her shift has been cancelled.

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“She really needs the work and money and it is snatched away from her in a heartbeat.

“It’s a subject matter that is more relevant than ever with a lot of people out of work, on furlough or facing uncertain futures because of Covid-19.”





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