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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he British Independent Film Awards took place on Sunday evening, hosted by James Nesbitt at The Old Billingsgate Market.

Big winners of the evening included James McAvoy, winning Best Actor for his starring role in the adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Filth, and Lindsay Duncan, receiving Best Actress for Le Week-End. Imogen Poots and Ben Mendelsohn each won a trophy for their supporting roles in The Look of Love and Starred Up.

Sean Ellis picked up the award for Best Director for Metro Manila, which also won Best Film and Best Achievement in Production. The drama, set in the Phillippines, tells the story of a criminal underworld running in the city.

The biggest winner of the night was Julie Walters, who scooped the Richard Harris award for outstanding contribution to British cinema. Walters’ Harry Potter co-star Jason Issacs presented her with the gong.

Other winners included the documentary Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer and Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

The full list of winners is below:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
 Metro Manila

BEST DIRECTOR 
Sean Ellis – Metro Manila

BEST ACTRESS
 Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-End

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR] Paul Wright – For Those In Peril

BEST SCREENPLAY
 Steven Knight – Locke

BEST ACTOR
 James McAvoy – Filth

BEST DOCUMENTARYPussy Riot – A Punk Prayer

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
 Metro Manila

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 
Imogen Poots – The Look Of Love

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT 
Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE 
Sixteen Films & Friends (aka Team Loach)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 
Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up

BEST BRITISH SHORT
 Z1

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER 
Chloe Pirrie – Shell

THE RAINDANCE AWARD The Machine

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
 Blue Is The Warmest Colour

VARIETY AWARD 
Paul Greengrass

RICHARD HARRIS AWARD 
Julie Walters

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