Considine pic wins film, director and actress honors
Olivia Colman walked away with the best actress award. The £1 million ($1.5 million) pic, produced through Warp Films’ low-budget Warp X label, is about a man plagued by violence and rage who forms an unlikely bond with a Christian charity-shop worker. Lynne Ramsay picked up the director award for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.” Michael Fassbender nabbed actor honors for his perf in Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” in which the play a troubled man struggling to come to terms with his sex addiction. Vanessa Redgrave won supporting actress for her performance in Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut, “Coriolanus,” while Michael Smiley nabbed the supporting actor award for his perf in “Kill List” (also produced through Warp Films.) Andrew Haigh’s gay romance, “Weekend,” earned awards for achievement in production and most promising newcomer for thesp Tom Cullen. Best screenplay went to Richard Ayoade for his debut feature, “Submarine,” also produced by Warp, while the Raindance Award went to Koutaiba Al-Janabi’s “Leaving Baghdad.” Working Title’s docu “Senna,” about racing driver Ayrton Senna, nabbed the documentary prize while its “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” won technical achievement for production designer Maria Djurkovic. Best foreign independent film went to Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation.” Multi-hyphenate Kenneth Branagh was feted with the Variety Award, which recognizes an actor, helmer, scribe or producer who has helped focus the international spotlight on Blighty. Fiennes picked up the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Graham Easton, CEO of completion guarantee service Film Finances, won the special jury prize. Industryites including Ron Howard, Daniel Craig, Bradley Cooper and Rebecca Hall were present at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate in London, which was hosted by actor and comedian Chris O’Dowd. The ceremony was streamed live for the first time on streaming and VOD service Lovefilm.