Metro Manila triumphs at BIFAs

Metro Manila, which none of our writers wanted to see (shows how much they know) was the big winner at last night’s Moët British Independent Film Awards, taking home Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Sean Ellis and Best Achievement in Production.

The major acting prizes went to James McAvoy (Best Actor; Filth), Lindsay Duncan (Best Actress; Le Week-End), Ben Mendelsohn (Best Supporting Actor; Starred Up) and Imogen Poots (Best Supporting Actress; The Look of Love), whilst Steven Knight won Best Screenplay for Locke. Paul Wright, director of For Those in Peril, snapped up the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director, whilst Black Mirror star Chloe Pirrie received the Most Promising Newcomer gong.

Best Documentary was awarded to Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer, Best British Short went to Z1 (no, us neither), and the oversexed Blue is the Warmest Colour won Best International Independent Film. Casting director Amy Hubbard won Best Technical Achievement for her work on The Selfish Giant.

Caradog W. James’ romantic sci-fi thriller The Machine won the Raindance Award, Paul Greengrass received the Variety Award and the Richard Harris Award went to Harris’ Harry Potter co-star Julie Walters.

See you next year!

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