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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 »
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
With the 56th BFI London Film Festival drawing to a close today, the prize winners for the official competition categories were announced last night at a dinner ceremony in Whitehall, with director Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone taking the Best Film Award - the second time the Lff Jury has honoured Audiard with its top prize, following his success with A Prophet back in 2009.
Starring Marion Cotillard (Inception) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead), Rust and Bone (French: De rouille et d'os) sees Cotillard's beautiful whale trainer recovering from a tragic accident with the help of Schoenaerts' single father. Read our ★★★★ review here.
"Jacques Audiard has a unique handwriting, made up of music, montage, writing, photography, sound, visual design and acting," said Sir David Hare, president of the competition jury. "He is one of only a very small handful of film-makers in the world who has mastered, and can integrate, every »
As the 56th London Film Festival neared its close, the awards ceremony kicked off with our man London Film Fanatiq in the house for Blogomatic3000. The red carpet saw many representatives of this year’s nominees greet the crowds and discuss their work with the press. Several jury members, including Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Colman also came out to pay tribute to the talent behind some of the festival’s finest features.
Check out all the red carpet pictures from the event and a full list of winners below:
Best Film Award
Rust and Bone, Jacques Audiard, France/Belgium After Lucia, Michel Franco, Mexico End of Watch, David Ayer, USA Everyday, Michael Winterbottom, UK Fill The Void, Rama Burshtein, Israel Ginger and Rosa, Sally Potter, UK In the House, François Ozon, France It Was The Son, Daniele Ciprì, Italy/France Lore, Cate Shortland, Germany/Australia/UK Midnight’s Children, Deepa Mehta, »
The capital has been the home of some of the biggest names and films in the industry over the past ten days, and with the festival finally coming to a close tomorrow, the results are in for the official competition categories.
Sir David Hare, Tom Hiddleston, David Yates, Sebastian Faulks, Olivia Colman, Kazuo Ishiguru, and many more prominent names presided over the various Juries, and with so much talent this year, I don’t envy what must have been very difficult decisions.
Also being honoured this year are Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, both of whom have been presented with the BFI Fellowship, the highest honour from the film institute. The former brought his latest feature, Frankenweenie, to the festival for its opening night, whilst the latter stars in Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, bookending the festival nicely as the Closing Night Film.
With the festival now coming to an end tomorrow, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Rowan Athale’s heist thriller “Wasteland,” which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The company plans a 2013 release. “Wasteland” concerns an ex-con who recruits his best friends to rip off the drug kingpin responsible for his incarceration. Luke Treadaway, Timothy Spall, Iwan Rheon, Matthew Lewis, Gerard Kearns and Vanessa Kirby star. Read More: Tiff Futures: 'Wasteland' Director Rowan Athale On Why His Film is a British 'Ocean's Eleven' Gareth Pritchard of Mischief Films produced along with Mark Foligno of MoliFilms and Ed Barratt of Hook Pictures. Executive producers are Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden, Brad Moore and Iain Richardson. “‘Wasteland’ is an incredibly clever and fun piece of filmmaking, and we are thrilled to be able to bring it to Us audiences,” said »
- Jay A. Fernandez
Just as founder Adam Yauch wanted it to when he knew he was dying of cancer, Oscilloscope Laboratories is still kicking even after the Beastie Boy and art film lover passed away in May. The distribution company just acquired U.S. rights to Rowan Athale’s Wasteland, which created a buzz when it premiered at Toronto. Oscilloscope will release next year. Athale made his directing debut on the heist film (resulting in a chase by agencies before Wme signed him). A young Englishman recently released from prison recruits his three best friends and devises a complex scheme to rob the local drug kingpin who is responsible for the ex-con’s incarceration. Can he get revenge and win back his fed-up girlfriend? Attack The Block’s Luke Treadaway stars. “This is one of the most impressive debut films we’ve seen in a long time — Rowan has taken the classic heist »
- MIKE FLEMING
Oscilloscope Laboratories will distribute Rowan Athale's Wasteland in the U.S. and will release the film which marks the directorial debut of Athale, some time next year, reports Deadline. Molifilms produced the crime thriller which stars Matthew Lewis (Dodd), Timothy Spall (D.I West), Iwan Rheon (Dempsey), Luke Treadaway (Harvey), Gerard Kearns (Charlie), Vanessa Kirkby (Nicola), Neil Maskell (Steven Roper), Paul Clayton (Albert), Brad Moore (Sgt Kendon and Peter Foster (Del). Battered, bruised and under arrest, Harvey Denton sits in a police interview room facing interrogation. Clutching a stack of eyewitness statements, Detective Inspector West has no doubt as to Harvey’s part in a foiled robbery, and his subsequent attempted murder of local businessman Steven Roper. »
The BFI London Film Festival officially opened last night with the UK premiere of Tim Burton’s latest feature, Frankenweenie, a black and white stop-motion film destined to become something of a cult classic.
With the festival now underway, the juries for the separate categories in competition have been announced, with Sir David Hare, Tom Hiddleston, David Yates, and Olivia Colman leading an impressive line-up to judge the contenders.
You can read the full list of jurors in the official announcement below, but here’s a run-down of the main categories and the films in competition.
Sir David Hare leads the jury for the Best Film Award, for which the following are competing:
- Kenji Lloyd
Exclusive: Here’s another writer/director who came out of the Toronto Film Festival with a major agency pushing his career. Wme has signed writer/director Rowan Athale, whose directorial debut heist film Wasteland got him chased by all the agencies. The film is Trainspotting meets Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. Athale is currently in discussions to adapt and direct the remake of Yellow Sea for Fox International. The British helmer will continue to be managed by Mady Niel at Independent. »
- MIKE FLEMING
Whether it was the family-oriented films that his mother had pre-approved or the action flicks that his father snuck into the Vcr, Rowan Athale loved the cinema. As the years passed and he grew and matured, so did his relationship with film. Gone were the days when he would simply watch commercials, seated on a couch at his home in England; Athale was too busy writing and directing them. It wasn't long before Athale had directed his first short, "A Good Life" -- followed two years later by his first feature film, "Wasteland", though the road wasn't always easy. As a first time director in a difficult financial climate, Athale's ambition and perseverance as a filmmaker was tested -- and his film's debut at Tiff 2012 is a testament to his hard work and determination. Compare "Wasteland" to a Clooney film: "'Ocean's Eleven' on a council estate in Northern England. »
- Justin Krajeski
We must say that we have a certain soft spot for hardboiled British crime thrillers (everything from "The Long Good Friday" to "RockNRolla"), so it's not going to take a lot to sway us to the particular charms of "Wasteland," the debut feature from writer/director Rowan Athale, which is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight. (You guys have your tickets?) The trailer, which predominantly features lead Luke Treadaway (from "Attack the Block") along with "Harry Potter" star Matt Lewis (yep, that's Neville Longbottom...), "Misfits"' Iwan Rheon, and U.K. "Shameless" star Gerard Kearns, seems to have enough energy and wit to set it apart from the post-Guy Ritchie clones out there. We hope, at least. While the trailer opens with Treadaway all bruised and beaten and in the custody of a very stern-looking Timothy Spall, and there promises to be some level of violence in the. »
- Drew Taylor
Imagine you've just tried to pull of a major heist and everything went pear shaped. Now you're battered, bleeding, arrested, with some of your best friends missing and possibly dead. Things just couldn't get any worse, right?
Now imagine that the guy they sent to interrogate you is Lord Voldemort's right hand man, Wormtail.
Welcome to the new trailer for "Wasteland."
Okay, so technically this film doesn't really have anything to do with "Harry Potter." But it does feature Timothy Spall, a.k.a. Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew, as a British cop trying to get to the bottom of a screw up heist, and Neville Longbottom himself, Matthew Lewis. Unfortunately, Spall's cop is getting his info from a bloke played by Luke Treadway ("Clash of the Titans") who may be pulling a Verbal Kint with the facts of the case.
Will Wormtail figure out the truth before you do? Check out the new trailer for "Wasteland, »
- Scott Harris
Thn has already been surprised by one British heist thriller this week, with Frank Harper’s all-star crime caper St. George’S Day being well worth a look if it’s showing at a cinema near you from Friday (Read our review and exclusive interview with director and star Harper). Now early word is Wasteland, directed by newcomer Rowan Athale, could be something even more special and also features two top actors from Harper’s film in Luke Treadaway and Neil Maskell.
The film is currently gaining a lot of attention after impressing at Tiff 2012 and on the evidence of this new trailer. Wasteland looks grim, funny, brutal and most of all, twisted brilliance! Give us your thoughts on what is looking to be another Brit hit!
- Craig Hunter
Today is the first day of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and our own Alex Billington is already in Canada, getting ready to give us all the buzz from the fest. Over the next week and a half, we'll be catching sneak peeks and reviews of the films playing, and another one just popped up on our radar. Wasteland is a British thriller about a young ex-con who hooks up with his best mates to embark on a wild and risky revenge scheme after being framed by a local drug kingpin. You'll notice Harry Potter cast member Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) in the supporting cast with Luke Treadaway (Attack the Block) in the lead role. It looks very gritty, and Tiff describes it as Ocean's Eleven meets The Usual Suspects. Watch! Here's the first trailer for the Rowan Athale's Wasteland from Vimeo (via Collider): Following an emotional reunion »
- Ethan Anderton
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