I gave Paul Laverty a lift back to Glasgow from Liverpool one day before his film days. I knew him since he gave up his job as a lawyer to go to Nicaragua and examine the fraudulent report Amnesty International produced, with US State Department backing. On the strength of his work they had to withdraw the report. We shared the car with one of my friends. Upon asking what Paul was working on he said that he was writing a script and hoped to make a movie with Ken Loach. My friend burst out laughing and for 5 wholes minutes couldn't contain himself - "You - making a film with Ken Loach, that'll be right" Well, that script went on to become Carla's Song - his first film and every time a new Ken Loach film comes out I phone up my friend and ram it down his throat how wrong he was. Great guy Paul Laverty and there isn't anyone who deserves success as much as he.