LFF unveils new Star of London awards, honours Hurt
by Naman Ramachandran
08/10/2009 - The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival (LFF) will present a dedicated awards ceremony on October 28 at which two new awards will be presented – the Best Film Award and Best British Newcomer – in addition to the longstanding Sutherland Trophy and The Grierson Award for documentaries.
Winners will get the inaugural Star of London awards designed by sculptor Almuth Tebbenhoff. This year’s recipients of the BFI Fellowship are British actor John Hurt and Malian filmmaker Souleymane Cissé. Hurt said, “For me, the BFI is the heart of British cinema. I consider it the highest honour possible to be awarded a Fellowship.”
This year’s jury for the Best Film award is chaired by Anjelica Huston and includes John Akomfrah, Jarvis Cocker, Matthieu Kassovitz, Charlotte Rampling and Iain Softley.
The Sutherland jury comprises Edgar Wright, Matt Bochenski, Mark Cosgrove, Kerry Fox, Sara Frain, Paul Greengrass, David Parfitt and Gillian Wearing.
Judges for the Best British Newcomer Award are Lenny Crooks, head of the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund; Christine Langan, Creative Director of BBC Films; Tessa Ross, Controller of Film4 and Drama, Channel 4; and Tanya Seghatchian, head of the UK Film Council’s Development Fund and Executive Producer of the Harry Potter franchise.
The Grierson jury includes Nick Broomfield, Molly Dineen, Ellen Fleming and Christo Hird.
The shortlists of nominees:
Best British Newcomer
Malcolm Venville - director, 44 Inch Chest [trailer]
J Blakeson - director, The Disappearance of Alice Creed [trailer]
Jordan Scott - director, Cracks [trailer]
Lindy Heymann - director, Kicks [trailer]
Leigh Campbell - writer, Kicks
Tom Harper - director, The Scouting Book for Boys [trailer]
Jack Thorne - writer, The Scouting Book for Boys