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The stars turned out in force last night for the 15th Moët British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate in London.
Last night's glittering event was a who's who of British cinema and was hosted by actor James Nesbitt fresh off the set of The Hobbit.
Other guests included Terence Stamp, Billy Connolly, Tom Hiddleston, Terry Gilliam, Peter Capaldi, Olivia Coleman, Idris Elba, John Hurt, Tom Felton, Andrea Riseborough, Elle Fanning, Ruth Wilson, Felicity Jones, Holliday Grainger, Edith Bowman and Noomi Rapace.
Past nominees, patrons and supporters of Bifa celebrated the 15th birthday of the awards by posing for a group picture (see above) taken by official photographer Idil Sukan.
- David Bentley
An array of British talent gathered in London tonight for the 15th Moët British Independent Film Awards, which were hosted by James Nesbitt and saw Rufus Norris' coming-of-age drama Broken honoured with the award for Best British Independent Film, as well as picking up Best Supporting Actor (Rory Kinnear).
However, it was the giallo-inspired Berberian Sound Studio which won the most awards on the night, collecting Best Director (Peter Strickland), Best Actor (Toby Jones), Best Achievement in Production nd Best Technical Achievement (Joakim Sundström and Stevie Haywood).
Other winners on the night included Imposter, which matched Broken's tally of two awards, collecting Best British Documentary and The Douglas Hickox Award (Directorial Debut) for Bart Layton, while Andrea Riseborough won Best Actress for Shadow Dancer and Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and Amy Jump received Best Screenplay for Ben Wheatley's Sightseers.
"It is wonderful to see so many films »
Ginger & Rosa
Written and directed by Sally Potter
The latest film from writer-director Sally Potter opens with the famous images of the spreading mushroom cloud detonation in Hiroshima. After letting that footage unravel in all its slow-motion horror, the film cuts to the start of its narrative, but not before one addition by the filmmakers: a caption, right before the cut, explaining that the footage has been of the 1945 Hiroshima bombing. Seeming a tad unnecessary, the reminder does admittedly serve one purpose: to establish the time when the following scene takes place, in which two hospital-bound women form a bond and give birth to the eponymous characters. That being said, the device of having the teenage protagonists, whose friendship will face an emotional fallout against the backdrop of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, be born on the very day of the Hiroshima bombing is an early sign »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Something In Canned Air: Potter Creates Showcase for Fanning
Director Sally Potter has always seemed to lean towards a mischievous experimentalism in narrative form, which can certainly be evidenced by her masterpiece, the 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, as well as her daring 2004 film Yes, filmed entirely in iambic pentameter. Her latest, a period piece bildungsroman (of sorts), Ginger & Rosa, while displaying a sort of elliptical parlance, isn’t quite as heady stylistically either in tone or content. While it does manage to feature an outstanding lead performance, there’s a frumpy sense of dissociation from the proceedings, devoid of kitchen sink realism even as it plunges into domestic drama fussies towards its muted finale.
Opening with grainy footage of the mushroom cloud enveloping the skies over Hiroshima in 1945, we get snippets of silent sequences where we watch two London mothers cling to each other as they give birth on the same evening. »
- Nicholas Bell
The nominations for the 15th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards have been unveiled in London.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated Pre-Selection Committee who watched over 200 films in order to produce the 2012 nominations, which once again reflect the diverse range of British film talent, and also welcome this year's appointed independent jury who will now spend the next month considering the nominated films."
- David Bentley
Rufus Norris's drama about an 11-year-old diabetic leads the pack in a year otherwise devoted to honouring older stars
Broken, the feature-film debut of award-winning theatre and opera director Rufus Norris, has emerged as the surprise frontrunner at this year's Bifas, the British independent film awards, with nine nominations. This year's judges have also doffed their caps to the elder generation of British acting talent, with Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith and Terence Stamp among the notable nominees.
A coming-of-age drama, adapted from Daniel Clay's 2008 novel, about a young girl living in a British suburb, which premiered to mixed reviews at the Cannes film festival in May but went on to win the Golden Eye award for best international film at the Zurich film festival, Broken stars Eloise Laurence as 11-year-old diabetic Skunk, along with Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Roy Kinnear. Critics have praised its acting »
- Ben Child
As we gear up for the start of awards season, the nominees for the 15th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards have been announced today, with Broken leading the field with nominations in 9 categories, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Debut Director (Rufus Norris), Best Actor (Tim Roth) and Best Supporting Actor (Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear).
Broken will contest the awards for Best British Independent Film and Best Director against Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland), Sightseers (Ben Wheatley), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (John Madden) and The Imposter (Bart Layton), while Layton is also nominated for Best Debut Director alongside Ben Drew (Ill Manors), Rowan Athale (Wasteland) and Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil).
Here's the list of nominations in full...
Best British Independent Film
Celebrating its fifteenth year, The Moët British Independent Film Awards have now been announced, honouring some of the finest independent films released in Britain this year.
This year’s awards will be held on 9th December, and you can be sure we’ll be bringing you the results on the night as they come in. It’s been another excellent year for British cinema, and it’s always nice to see films like these get the recognition they deserve.
Last year, Paddy Considine’s powerful directorial debut, Tyrannosaur, swept the top awards, taking Best Film, Best Directorial Debut, and Best Actress; Lynne Ramsay took home the Best Director award for We Need to Talk About Kevin; and Michael Fassbender’s remarkable performance in Steve McQueen’s Shame was rightfully honoured with Best Actor (whereas the film was sadly absent from the Oscars at the start of the year).
- Kenji Lloyd
Well, it appears the major awards season is about to get underway and we have the announcement surrounding the 15th Annual Moet British Independent Film Awards. It gives us a first-look into who will be vying for those top honours, as well as the host and jury who’ll present those accolades. The press release below gives us all those details:
Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards’ Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: “In this our 15th year, we are delighted to welcome back six-time former host James Nesbitt. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated Pre-Selection Committee who watched over 200 films in order to produce the 2012 Nominations, »
- Craig Hunter
Exclusive: An evocative and beautifully shot portrait of post-war Britain, as seen through the eyes of an impressionable young teenager (Elle Fanning in a terrific, career-making performance), Sally Potter’s “Ginger & Rosa,” which just screened at the New York Film Festival and debuted at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this year, will receive a February 1, 2013 limited release from A24 Films The Playlist has learned. A24 announced the acquisition of the provocative story about friendship and betrayal set in early 1960s London in September, following its Telluride debut and just after it finished its run at the Toronto International Film Festival. Gorgeously shot by cinematographer Robbie Ryan (“Fish Tank," “Wuthering Heights”), “Ginger & Rosa” also features an excellent supporting cast that includes Christina Hendricks, Alessandro Nivola, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Timothy Spall, and in her debut »
- Edward Davis
Directed by Andrea Arnold
United Kingdom, 2011
In bringing Wuthering Heights, perhaps the stormiest of the Victorian-era romances, to life on film once again, director and co-writer Andrea Arnold gives the story a fresh, arty, and bleak new coat of paint. The tale of Heathcliff and Catherine, star-crossed lovers on the English moors doomed to failure, has always been stark, a harsh depiction of life on the outskirts. But Arnold’s approach, best exemplified by the very deliberate in-your-face, hand-held cinematography, is a daring and impressive take, eschewing melodrama for the most part.
Adapting novels to the big screen is always tricky, and Arnold’s choice to present the struggles of its two leads internally at first seems like a sure sign of failure. However, the way she portrays Heathcliff and Catherine through her direction and the script (co-written by Olivia Hetreed) in such a spare, »
- Josh Spiegel
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Sally Potter’s (Orlando, Yes) latest drama had boundless potential to make teen icons out of leads Elle Fanning and newcomer Alice Englert. Respectively playing precocious British teens Ginger and Rosa, they are very much two sides of the same coin; Ginger is a serious, concerned activist, terrified by the threat of the Cold War and keen to do something about it, while Rosa is more along for the ride, hedonistic and keen to revolt in a more personal way. However, the smattering together of these two ideologies inevitably creates a schism in their friendship, one which Potter just can’t wring any interesting drama out of, because her screenplay is so head-smackingly in spite of itself and everything else.
Elle Fanning is a fantastic actress, and though her Brit accent here doesn’t seem light-years ahead of her sister Dakota’s from the recent dud »
- Shaun Munro
Directed by Andrea Arnold
Screenplay by Olivia Hetreed
Based on Emily Brontë’s gothic novel from over 160 years ago, Wuthering Heights is a surprising choice for Andrea Arnold’s third feature. Fans of previous film adaptations are most likely to be disappointed in the new big screen version as this radical new take is refreshingly different: dark and twisted, peppered with profanity, brief moments of nudity and animalistic sexual behaviour.
Arnold has been one of the most exciting female directors to emerge in the last decade or so. The former television presenter won an Oscar for her short film Wasp in 2005, and made her feature debut the following year with the gritty revenge-themed thriller Red Road. It went on to win the Jury Prize at Cannes that year and Arnold won the BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer. Her followup, Fish Tank, garnered even more acclaim internationally.
Arnold continues to cast nonprofessionals, »
Ginger & Rosa, which charts the friendship of two teenage girls in postwar London, draws on the film-maker's own memories of the Cuban missile crisis
You would never call Sally Potter a ginge. Not just because you wouldn't dare. Or because it would be like squirting ketchup over a slice of Poilane, or programming a double bill of The Tango Lesson and StreetDance 2 3D. You wouldn't even risk "strawberry blonde". The famed Potter mane is a big mingle of lemon and silver and cinnamon, which shimmers, Titian-ish.
Yet there is little doubt that she is, in some sense, Ginger, the carrot-topped hero of her new film. Ginger & Rosa is about baby-boomer best buddies, born on the same day, whose friendship in postwar London comes under strain when Rosa (Alice Englert) starts shagging Ginger's glamorous academic dad (Alessandro Nivola), freshly separated from her housewife mum (Christina Hendricks, doing downtrodden). The plot might not be autobiography, »
- Catherine Shoard
Experience Wuthering Heights like never before with Andrea Arnold's visceral and poetic retelling of Emily Brontë's Gothic classic. While the novel has gone through a long cycle of adaptations from television to film and back again, Arnold's version is a welcome change from the traditional potboilers. Robbie Ryan's gritty photography combines with Arnold's instinctive grasp of Cathy and Heathcliff's obsessive and destructive relationship to make for a refreshingly heartfelt film. Instead of casting established actors in the vein of Laurence Olivier and Ralph Fiennes, Arnold chose James Howson for her adult Heathcliff, giving the unknown actor the double distinction of being the youngest actor and the first black man to ever play the complex anti-hero. We were lucky enough to sit down with Andrea Arnold to discuss obsession, harsh shooting conditions and the challenges of working with first-time actors. Tribeca: Your films are so fiercely original, »
Sally Potter’s theoretical bent has long placed her in a strange position, in which difficult films like Yes consistently gain mainstream distribution while leaving audiences demanding refunds. Continuing this duality, Ginger & Rosa—an emotionally charged tale of two girls coming of age in the shadow of the Cuban Missile Crisis—finds Potter treating overtly political material with a level of accessibility in plot and performance that’s new to her work.
Rosa (Alice Englert) and Ginger (Elle Fanning) are lifelong friends born on the same day. Rosa is the more carefree and liberated of the two, while the sensitive Ginger takes pleasure in books, jazz records, and other “beatnik” accoutrements. Rosa’s dreamy aspirations to true love are met with a raised eyebrow by Ginger, but things turn serious when Rosa’s attentions fall on Ginger’s father Roland (Alessandro Nivola), an outspoken activist and professor.
Potter’s impressionistic »
- Lori Donnelly
The latest from Andrea Arnold, the director behind "Wasp," "Red Road" and "Fish Tank," is an unexpected take on Emily Brontë’s "Wuthering Heights." As with her previous works, the film is visceral and naturalistic, with Robbie Ryan providing startlingly gorgeous and effective cinematography that provides intimate access into Heathcliff and Cathy's vicious love and the cruel English moors (he won Venice's Best Cinematography award, where the film premiered). In the latest edition of Film Comment, Arnold says she never wanted to do a period film, but "once the idea was presented to me, [she] became posessed." The project had been in development, but once she boarded she "pretty much started from scratch," rewriting and recasting it. She adds, "I think it was accepted that it was going to be my concept." And it's quite a concept, bold and uncompromising in its direction. Watch the new »
- Sophia Savage
Sally Potter's film about teenage friendship overshadowed by the Cuban missile crisis, which stars Elle Fanning and Christina Hendricks and premieres at the Toronto film festival, motors along with a gleaming intensity
For a long time, Sally Potter's new film – about teen friendship overshadowed by the Cuban missile crisis – was called Bomb. And it's still possible to detect the thumbprints of ham-fists in this finished product, for all its more palatable title. There's that pre-credits Hiroshima footage, cautioning us not to underestimate the effects of atomic annihilation. There's some marital barneys noisily underscored with political subtext. And there's a very on-the-nose poem penned by our youthful heroine.
But, by and large, Ginger & Rosa is a miracle of wing-clipping, which launches Potter back into the mainstream for the first time since Orlando (1992). After the niche charms of 2004's Yes (iambic pentameter mixed-race romance with Greek chorus) and fashionista mystery »
- Catherine Shoard
Irish director Billy O'Brien (Isolation) is to begin work on his second feature film 'Creeping Zero' this October with 'Lord Of The Rings' star Dominic Monaghan among the confirmed cast members. The feature has been scripted by English novelist Jeff Noon and is based on his short story, which was published in 1998 as part of his 'Pixel Juice' collection. Other cast members joining Dominic Monaghan on the project include 'Attack the Block' actor John Boyega; 'Chronicle' actress Ashley Hinshaw; Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Adam Deacon (Dead Set). Julie Baines of UK production company Dan Films is the film's lead producer with Paul Donovan set to produce for Grand alongside Ildiko Kemeny (The Raven) of Hungarian co-producers Pioneer Films. Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan (Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights) will work alongside O'Brien . Windmil Lane will handle VFX and post-production with the VFX team to be headed up by Ciaran Crowley. »
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard The Guard, Glenn Close, Ryan Gosling Win: Irish Film Awards 2012 Film Categories Best Film Albert Nobbs, Alan Moloney, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Glenn Close Charlie Casanova, Terry McMahon Stella Days, Jackie Larkin, Leslie McKimm * The Guard, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Chris Cark, Flora Fernandez Marengo Best Director Rebecca Daly, The Other Side of Sleep * John Michael McDonagh, The Guard Terry McMahon, Charlie Casanova Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Stella Days Best Screenplay John Banville, Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs * John Michael McDonagh, The Guard Terry McMahon, Charlie Casanova Antoine O'Flaherta, Stella Days Best Actor * Michael Fassbender, Shame Brendan Gleeson, The Guard Ciarán Hinds, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Martin Sheen, Stella Days Best Actress Aoife Duffin, Behold the Lamb Antonia Campbell Hughes, The Other Side of Sleep Marcella Plunkett, Stella Days * Saoirse Ronan, Hanna Best Supporting Actor Liam Cunningham, The Guard Brendan Gleeson, Albert Nobbs Ciarán Hinds, The Debt * Chris O'Dowd, »
- Steve Montgomery
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