Working Title Films’ Debra Hayward and “Red Road” director Andrea Arnold picked up prizes at the U.K.’s 16th Women in Film and Television Awards on Friday over lunch at the Hilton in Park Lane, London.
The annual awards recognize outstanding contribution of women in the film and TV industries.
Arnold received the creative originality honor for her directorial debut “Red Road,” which won the jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Hayward nabbed the outstanding achievement of the year prize for exec producing “Atonement,” “Catch a Fire” and “United 93.”
Dublin-born casting agent Ros Hubbard collected the craft award. In a prolific career that has spanned 25 years, Hubbard is credited with discovering Colin Farrell, Orlando Bloom and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
The script award went to Abi Morgan, who penned hit TV shows “Sex Traffic” for Channel 4 and “Tsunami: The Aftermath” for BBC2. Her screen adaptation of Monica Ali’s “Brick Lane” for the bigscreen is in post.
The new-talent award went to actress and comedienne Jocelyn Jee Esien, whose “Little Miss Jocelyn” for BBC3 marked the first sketch show for a black woman in the U.K.
Kim Longinotto received the news and factual kudos for her hard-hitting projects addressing women’s issues, including “The Day I Will Never Forget” about female circumcision and doc “Divorce: Iranian Style.”
Kudos co-owner Jane Featherstone, who cut her teeth at Hat Trick Prods., was feted for her contribution to the medium.
Other prizes went to April Chamberlain, joint managing director at Comedy Unit, and Barry Kimm, a longtime staffer at the Producers Rights Agency.
Producer and WFTV founder Norma Heyman (“Dangerous Liaisons”) was presented with the lifetime achievement award by Bob Hoskins.