[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 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 DOCUMENTARY Pussy 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