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Smitten with Condon

U.K. guild fetes 'Kinsey' helmer at kudos

LONDON — The Directors Guild of Great Britain feted Bill Condon with the international best film prize at its soph awards bash Sunday at the Curzon Mayfair. The guild’s awards are presented to directors working in all fields. “Kinsey,” written and directed by Condon, opened May 4 in the U.K.

Brit helmers Shane Meadows (“Dead Man’s Shoes”) and Paul Pawlikowski (“My Summer of Love”) shared the best British film award. Prize is a timely boost for Meadows’ blood-soaked revenge thriller, which is being released on DVD Tuesday in the UK.

Regular awards show fixture Gael Garcia Bernal collected the foreign-lingo film kudos on behalf of his director Walter Salles for “Motorcycle Diaries.”

Adam Curtis scooped the best TV doc award for “The Power of Nightmares — Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Curtis won the DGGB award for the first in his three-part investigation into the politics of fear, which he wrote, produced and directed for BBC Two. “Nightmares” suggested the Al-Qaeda terror network could be a phantom menace generated by political elites hell-bent on entrenching their authority. Brit documaker Nick Broomfield presented Curtis with his prize.

Drunk with joy

The DGGB honored Sam Mendes with its lifetime achievement award. He joked, “I think it was Max Stafford Clark who likened being a director to being an alcoholic — you never know other people are going through the same experience until you meet and work with them. It gives me great pride and joy to say I’m Sam Mendes, and I’m a director.”

As he is currently filming “Jarhead” in Mexico, Mendes was unable to attend the kudos bash and sent his acceptance by video message.

The 30-minute TV award went to Jon Jones for “The Alan Clark Diaries Episode 2.” The 60-minute prize went to John Strickland (“Bodies.”)

Mike Leigh presented short filmmaker Brendan Grant with his DGGB award.

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