This is England best film at BIFAs
by Annika Pham
30/11/2006 - Last night’s ceremony of the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) was a celebration of new talent and social realism in British cinema: Shane Meadows won the top award for Best Film and the lead actors in Andrea Arnold’s Red Road [trailer], Tony Curran and Kate Dickie, were preferred to Peter O’Toole (Venus) and Helen Mirren (The Queen [trailer, film focus]), a choice that took many by surprise.
Kevin Macdonald was also chosen as Best Director for his first feature The Last King of Scotland [trailer], beating other established filmmakers such as Ken Loach and Stephen Frears whose films The Wind That Shakes the Barley [trailer, film focus] and The Queen had disappointing runs: Loach’s Palme d’Or winning film left empty-handed in spite of four nominations, and The Queen only turned one of its six nominations into a BIFA award: Best Screenplay for Peter Morgan.
This year’s jury was chaired by Sandy Lieberson and consisted of Reuben Barnes, Martin Childs, Anne V Coates, Alan Cumming, Leo Davis, Anna Friel, Jason Isaacs, Mick Jones, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, Damien O’Donnell, Kelly Reilly, Martin Sherman and Colin Salmon.
John Woodward, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council, the major funding partner of the BIFAs, said: "We are proud to be supporting the BIFAs, which are a great champion for the British film industry, and for excellence and originality in independent filmmaking. This year's nominations and award winners highlight the outstanding talent working in the UK with established and emerging talent both producing films that are winning critical acclaim and attracting cinema-goers alike. "
The winners are as follows:
Kevin Macdonald – The Last King of Scotland
Tony Curran – Red Road
Kate Dickie – Red Road
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR / ACTRESS
Leslie Phillips – Venus
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Thomas Turgoose – This is England
Peter Morgan – The Queen
BEST FOREIGN INDEPENDENT FILM
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD – (BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR)
Menhaj Huda – Kidulthood
BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Anthony Dod Mantle – Cinematography – The Last King of Scotland
BEST BRITISH SHORT
THE VARIETY UK FILM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Helen Mirren
THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH FILM BY AN ACTOR) – Jim Broadbent
THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – Ken Loach