Audience favourite Pride has won best film at the British Independent Film Awards.
Now that the BAFTAs have morphed into a celebration of cinema on an international level, the Oscars with a slight Euro accent if you like, the BIFAs have become by default the true industry awards for British film.
Pride, already a critical and commercial hit here in Oz, beat Oscar contenders The Imitation Game and Mr Turner, both due to open in the coming weeks. The most nominated film ’71, won only one award for best director.
Aussie film The Babadook was nominated for best international independent film but lost out to Boyhood.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Independent Film
Yann Demange – ’71
Brendan Gleeson – Calvary
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle
Best Supporting Actor
Andrew Scott – Pride
Best Supporting Actress
Imelda Staunton – Pride
Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan – Frank
Best Debut Director
Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on Earth
Most Promising Newcomer
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy
Best Technical Achievement
Stephen Rennick (Music) – Frank
Next Goal Wins
Best Achievement in Production
Best International Independent Film
Best British Short
The Karman Line
Special Jury Prize
The Variety Award
Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Film by an Actor
‘71 releases in Australia on March 15, 2015 through Entertainment One.
Mr Turner opens on Boxing Day through Intermission.
The Imitation Game opens on New Years Day through Roadshow.