Brits love ‘England’

Skinhead tale tops at kudos

The British Independent Film Awards lived up to its name Wednesday with a defiantly independent-minded selection of winners led by “This Is England,” which took the film prize.

Director Shane Meadows’ semiautobiographical tale about a young skinhead growing up in the strife-torn 1980s beat several higher-profile contenders, including “The Queen” and “The Last King of Scotland.”

Pic’s teenage star, Thomas Turgoose, drew the nod for newcomer onscreen.

Kevin Macdonald took director for “Last King of Scotland,” whose cinematographer, Anthony Dod Mantle, picked up the prize for technical achievement.

In a double surprise, the actor and actress kudos went to Tony Curran and Kate Dickie for their perfs in Andrea Arnold’s gritty Glaswegian drama “Red Road.”

Curran beat Oscar front-runners Forest Whitaker and Peter O’Toole, while Dickie outpaced Oscar favorite Helen Mirren. Surprisingly, Arnold herself lost the new director nod to Menhaj Huda for “Kidulthood.”

Leslie Phillips (“Venus”) drew supporting actor or actress honors.

“The Queen” picked up one laurel, for Peter Morgan’s screenplay, although Mirren was also presented with Variety’s U.K. Film Achievement Award.

Michael Haneke’s “Hidden” took foreign film; Michael Winterbottom’s “Road to Guantanamo” triumphed in the documentary section.

Paul Andrew Williams’ “London to Brighton” was honored for achievement in production. “The Ballad of A.J. Weberman” won the Raindance Award for the best movie screened at the Raindance Film Festival.

Ken Loach, whose Cannes winner “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” was nominated in several categories but failed to win in any, received the consolation of the special jury prize.

Jim Broadbent was presented with the Richard Harris award for contribution to British film by an actor.

Ceremony took place at the Hammersmith Palais in west London.

More Film

  • Morgan Freeman Sexual Harassment

    Morgan Freeman Issues New Statement: 'I Did Not Assault Women'

    The British Independent Film Awards lived up to its name Wednesday with a defiantly independent-minded selection of winners led by “This Is England,” which took the film prize. Director Shane Meadows’ semiautobiographical tale about a young skinhead growing up in the strife-torn 1980s beat several higher-profile contenders, including “The Queen” and “The Last King of […]

  • Euphoria Review

    Cannes Film Review: 'Euphoria'

    The British Independent Film Awards lived up to its name Wednesday with a defiantly independent-minded selection of winners led by “This Is England,” which took the film prize. Director Shane Meadows’ semiautobiographical tale about a young skinhead growing up in the strife-torn 1980s beat several higher-profile contenders, including “The Queen” and “The Last King of […]

  • David Permut

    David Permut, Naomi Kawase Join Shanghai Festival Jury

    The British Independent Film Awards lived up to its name Wednesday with a defiantly independent-minded selection of winners led by “This Is England,” which took the film prize. Director Shane Meadows’ semiautobiographical tale about a young skinhead growing up in the strife-torn 1980s beat several higher-profile contenders, including “The Queen” and “The Last King of […]

  • 'Adrift' Director Baltasar Kormakur on Casting

    'Adrift' Director Baltasar Kormakur on Casting Shailene Woodley, Shooting Surrounded by Sharks

    The British Independent Film Awards lived up to its name Wednesday with a defiantly independent-minded selection of winners led by “This Is England,” which took the film prize. Director Shane Meadows’ semiautobiographical tale about a young skinhead growing up in the strife-torn 1980s beat several higher-profile contenders, including “The Queen” and “The Last King of […]

  • Trevor Jackson and Jason Mitchell in

    Film News Roundup: Sony Opening Crime Thriller 'Superfly' Two Days Earlier

    The British Independent Film Awards lived up to its name Wednesday with a defiantly independent-minded selection of winners led by “This Is England,” which took the film prize. Director Shane Meadows’ semiautobiographical tale about a young skinhead growing up in the strife-torn 1980s beat several higher-profile contenders, including “The Queen” and “The Last King of […]

  • The Dead and the Others Review

    Cannes Film Review: 'The Dead and the Others'

    The British Independent Film Awards lived up to its name Wednesday with a defiantly independent-minded selection of winners led by “This Is England,” which took the film prize. Director Shane Meadows’ semiautobiographical tale about a young skinhead growing up in the strife-torn 1980s beat several higher-profile contenders, including “The Queen” and “The Last King of […]

  • Transilvania Film Fest Raises Curtain on

    Transilvania Film Festival Raises Curtain on 17th Edition

    The British Independent Film Awards lived up to its name Wednesday with a defiantly independent-minded selection of winners led by “This Is England,” which took the film prize. Director Shane Meadows’ semiautobiographical tale about a young skinhead growing up in the strife-torn 1980s beat several higher-profile contenders, including “The Queen” and “The Last King of […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content