‘Control’ finds joy at BIFA

British Indie Awards honors Curtis biopic five times

Helmer Anton Corbijn’s “Control,” about doomed Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, won five laurels at the 10th British Independent Film Awards at London’s Roundhouse on Wednesday.

Biopic was voted best British independent film; Corbijn took best director and the debut director honor; Sam Riley, who plays Curtis, notched up most promising newcomer; and supporting actor honors went toToby Kebbell.

Judi Dench took actress laurels for “Notes on a Scandal” while Viggo Mortensen nabbed the actor award for “Eastern Promises.”

Daniel Craig received the Variety award for bringing the British film industry into the spotlight from Variety Intl. director Alberto Lopez.

A special jury prize was awarded to Andi Engel, Pam Engel and Robert Beeson, the founders of U.K. arthouse distrib Artificial Eye.

Award was particularly poignant given that Andi Engel passed away earlier this year.

Complete list of winners follows:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
“Control”

BEST DIRECTOR
Anton Corbijn – “Control”

BEST ACTRESS
Judi Dench – “Notes on a Scandal”

BEST ACTOR
Viggo Mortensen – “Eastern Promises”

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Andi Engel, Pamela Engel and Robert Beeson [Artificial Eye]

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR/ACTRESS
Toby Kebbell – “Control”

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Sam Riley – “Control”

BEST SCREENPLAY
Patrick Marber – “Notes on a Scandal”

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR
Anton Corbijn – “Control”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten”

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
“Black Gold”

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Mark Tildesley – Production Design – “Sunshine”

BEST BRITISH SHORT
“Dog Altogether”

BEST FOREIGN INDEPENDENT FEATURE
“The Lives of Others”

THE RAINDANCE AWARD
“The Inheritance”

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD
Ray Winstone

THE VARIETY AWARD
Daniel Craig

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