Hot 100 2012: 49-40

FOUND, Paul Brannigan and Kerry Hudson among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

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The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

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49 Jonathan Daniel Pryce

49 Jonathan Daniel Pryce

Photographer of facial fuzz
The co-founder of fashion blog Les Garçons de Glasgow has had a busy year, what with exhibiting his street-style portraits at the Jim Haynes Atelier in Paris, being voted Photographer of the Year at this year’s Scottish Fashion Awards and launching his first book, the beautifully captured 100 beards, 100 days a selection of which you can see in our special gallery). (CS)

48 85A

48 85A

Avant garde collective
Those genre-bending artists at 85A perfectly blended film and performance for their imaginative celebration of Czech surrealist animator Jan Svankmajer at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival. They also created a ‘human sacrifice performance’ for the Secret Garden Party and an electric vaudevillian stage show at Kelvingrove Museum. (GT)

47 FOUND

47 FOUND

Art-pop innovators
FOUND’s big project in 2012 was #Unravel, a robotic ensemble that responded to Twitter feedback, performed at both Glasgow International and the Fringe (the latter as a live show with collaborator Aidan Moffat, Hot 100 #59). They’re currently part of King Creosote’s latest Bits of Strange tour, experimenting with live album possibilities via audience recordings. (NB / Photo: David Anderson)

46 Andy Arnold

46 Andy Arnold

Staging a revolution
The artistic director of the Tron helmed two outstanding productions: a revival of Marie Jones’ comic two-hander Stones in His Pockets in the summer and a dazzling adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses in October. He also found time to oversee Mayfesto, the annual political theatre strand, whose programme included works looking at the Egyptian revolution and the riots in England. (AR / Photo: Douglas Robertson)

45 Jenni Fagan

45 Jenni Fagan

Poet turned author
The Panopticon received high praise from the likes of Andrew Motion and Samantha Morton with its first-person tale of a teenage girl in care and was nominated for the Anobii First Book Award. Look out for some short stories and a poetry collection next. (BD)

44 Glasgow Film Festival

44 Glasgow Film Festival

The GFF that keeps on giving
Among its astounding 239 screenings and events, the 2012 GFF squeezed in a Gene Kelly retrospective, Indonesian action flick The Raid and a Jan Svankmajer-inspired cinematic installation from arts collective 85A (Hot 100 #48, above). Look out for a focus on gaming events and Brazilian cinema in 2013. (NB)

43 Paul Brannigan

43 Paul Brannigan

Dram fine actor
Following his debut as the lead man in whisky heist comedy The Angels’ Share (for which director Ken Loach won the Jury Prize at Cannes), Brannigan is next set to appear in the adaptation of Michel Faber’s Under the Skin opposite Scarlett Johansson. (NB)

42 The Glad Café

42 The Glad Café

Vibrant music café
Glasgow’s southside got a shot in the arm when this café/cultural hub (inspired by Dalston’s Café OTO) opened. Literary nights, and a multi-coloured spectrum of world, electronic, micro-local and experimental music all find a home here, as do The Glad Academy’s talks and the Glad Community Choir. (CS)

41 Frankie Boyle

41 Frankie Boyle

Shock comic
You could have been forgiven for thinking Boyle may have taken his eye off the ball this year given that he fought (and won) a libel case with the Daily Mirror but he simply went about his business being darkly funny on stage with his final ever tour (oh, yeah?) The Last Days of Sodom. (BD)

40 Kerry Hudson

40 Kerry Hudson

As she looked ahead to 2012, Aberdeen-born debut author Kerry Hudson’s aims for her first novel could have best been described as humble. ‘I just hoped the novel wouldn’t bomb and that people wouldn’t hate it. I knew enough about the publishing industry to know that you can have the best publisher and a good book and for whatever reason it could just sink. But people have responded beautifully to my novel.’

The book in question is the fantastically titled Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma featuring a new kind of heroine in Janie Ryan, the latest in a long line of ‘Aberdeen fishwives to the marrow’ and whose story of a brash Scottish upbringing was dubbed ‘meets’. Far from bombing and being hated, the book made a deep impact and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award while she is up against literary big-hitters such as Philip Hensher, Patrick Gale and Edmund White for the mid-December-announced Green Carnation Prize: ‘I know everyone says it, but it’s just nice to be nominated when you’re a debut novelist and any extra publicity helps with sales.’

Hudson is at the end of a phone in a café in Hanoi, the location she prefers to take refuge in to get her books finished off, while she also took a train journey across Siberia this year as part of her research for book number two, entitled Thirst. ‘One of the best things this year was being invited to the Edinburgh Book Festival which I was so grateful for as the book wasn’t even out when I was invited. At one point I was standing between Neil Gaiman and Ian Rankin in the writers’ yurt. That was beyond surreal for me.’

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