2007 British Independent Film Awards

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It was all about the music last night at the 10th British Independent Film Awards, which were again hosted by the actor James Nesbitt, who kicked proceedings off with a tongue-in-cheek song-and-dance number. Rock biopic Control picked up five of the awards on offer – including the prizes for the “Best British Independent Film”. Anton Corbijn was named as best director and also won the Douglas Hickox award for best directorial debut for Control. The film heralded his first feature following a successful career helming music promos for bands such as U2 and Metallica.

Sam Riley was voted best newcomer for his performance as the talented but doomed Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in the same film. The modest and somewhat shy Riley thanked the rest of the film’s cast for “making me look good.” He lost out on the best leading actor prize to Viggo Mortensen for his turn as a heavily-tattooed Russian gangster in Eastern Promises. Meanwhile, Riley’s co-star Toby Kebbell was declared best supporting actor for his portrayal of the co-founder of Factory Records, Rob Gretton. Kebbell had first attended the BIFAs in 2004 as part of the cast of Dead Man’s Shoes which previously held the record for most BIFA nominations until Control garnered 10.

The cast and crew collected their trophies from the stage of London’s famous Camden Roundhouse. This was an appropriate venue as during its lifetime it had hosted gigs by the likes of The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. The musical theme continued as Julian Temple collected best documentary for Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten. in which he depicted the tempestuous life of the founding member of The Clash.

The slightly less rock-’n'-roll but equally deserving Judi Dench added one more award to the veritable houseful of trophies she has already received over her long career when she was named best actress for Notes on a Scandal.

Special awards were handed out to two of Britain’s biggest film stars. Daniel Craig won the Variety Award and realized that during his eclectic career he had “worked with practically everybody in the room.” Meanwhile, Ray Winstone seemed genuinely moved to pick up the Richard Harris Award, named after the man who Winstone said was, “one of the reasons I thought I could become an actor.” He then joked that as this was an achievement award he should give it to his wife as “it’s an achievement that she’s still with me after 28 years.”

The following is a list of all nominees and winners:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM:
And When Did You Last See Your Father?
* Control
Eastern Promises
Hallam Foe
Notes on a Scandal

BEST ACTRESS:
Sponsored by Mac
Anne Hathaway – Becoming Jane
Tannishtha Chatterjee – Brick Lane
Sophia Myles – Hallam Foe
Kierston Wareing – It’s A Free World…
* Judi Dench – Notes on a Scandal

BEST ACTOR:
Jim Broadbent – And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Sam Riley – Control
* Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises
Jamie Bell – Hallam Foe
Cillian Murphy – Sunshine

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR/ACTRESS:
Sponsored by Tiscali
Colin Firth – And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Samantha Morton – Control
* Toby Kebbell – Control
Armin Muehler Stahl – Eastern Promises
Cate Blanchett – Notes on a Scandal

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER:
Sponsored by Diesel
Imogen Poots – 28 Weeks Later
Matthew Beard – And When Did You Last See Your Father?
* Sam Riley – Control
Bradley Cole – Exhibit A
Kierston Wareing – It’s A Free World…

BEST SCREENPLAY:
Sponsored by BBC Films
David Nicholls – And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Matt Greenhalgh – Control
Steven Knight – Eastern Promises
David Mackenzie & Ed Whitmore – Hallam Foe
* Patrick Marber – Notes on a Scandal

BEST DIRECTOR:
Sponsored by The Creative Partnership
Anand Tucker – And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Sarah Gavron – Brick Lane
* Anton Corbijn – Control
David Cronenberg – Eastern Promises
David Mackenzie – Hallam Foe

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION:
* Black Gold
Control
Exhibit A
Extraordinary Rendition
Garbage Warrior

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD (BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR):
Sponsored by Pathé
Marc Francis & Nick Francis – Black Gold
* Anton Corbijn – Control
Oliver Hodge – Garbage Warrior
David Schwimmer – Run, Fat Boy, Run
Steve Hudson – True North

BEST DOCUMENTARY:
Black Gold
Deep Water
Garbage Warrior
In the Shadow of the Moon

* Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT:
Sponsored by Skillset
Enrique Chediak – Cinematography – 28 Weeks Later
Trevor Waite – Editing – And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Martin Ruhe – Cinematography – Control
David Mackenzie & Colin Monie – Music – Hallam Foe
* Mark Tildesley – Production design – Sunshine

BEST BRITISH SHORT:
Sponsored by Canon
A Bout de Truffe – The Truffle Hunter
Cherries

* Dog Altogether
The Girls
What Does Your Daddy Do?

BEST FOREIGN INDEPENDENT FEATURE:
Black Book
La Vie en rose

* The Lives of Others
Once
Tell No One

THE RAINDANCE AWARD:
Sponsored by Raindance
Exhibit A
* The Inheritance
Tovarisch I Am Not Dead

SPECIAL AWARDS:
THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD
Sponsored by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, UK
Ray Winstone

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE:
Sponsored by the UK Film Council
Andi Engel, Pamela Engel and Robert Beeson (Artificial Eye)

THE VARIETY AWARD:
Daniel Craig

© 2007 Alan Diment. All rights reserved.

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