British Independent Film Awards winners 2013

Metro Manila is the biggest winner among an even spread at the 2013 British Independent Film Awards.

Samuel Wigley

Metro Manila (2013)

Metro Manila (2013)

Philippines-set crime drama Metro Manila picked up three trophies at this year’s British Independent Film Awards, taking Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Sean Ellis, and Best Achievement in Production.

A British-Filipino co-production, Metro Manila is the second feature by the Brighton-born director (following 2008’s The Broken) and his first in the Tagalog language. It’s a thriller about a Filipino man who moves to Manila with his family from the countryside, falling in with bad company and taking work as an armoured car driver.

The rest of the categories saw an even spread of winners, with Lindsay Duncan taking Best Actress for Le Week-end and James McAvoy named Best Actor for Filth. Imogen Poots was Best Supporting Actress for The Look of Love, with the Best Supporting Actor gong going to Ben Mendelsohn for prison drama Starred Up.

As previously announced, Julie Walters was honoured with the Richard Harris Award, recognising an outstanding contribution by an actor to British film, and Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass took the Variety Award, given to a director, writer or producer whose work has put UK film in the international spotlight.

“This has been a standout year for British film,” says Ben Roberts, the Director of the BFI Film Fund, “and the BIFAs has once again kicked off the awards season in style, putting the wild creativity and bold storytelling of the UK’s independent sector centre stage. Congratulations to all the winners and to the BIFAs for doing such a great job of spotlighting so many brilliant filmmakers.”

The evening was a definite success story for Scottish talent. To James McAvoy’s win in the acting category can be added Chloe Pirrie’s award as Best Newcomer for her performance in Scott Graham’s Highlands-set family drama Shell. Another newcomer, Fife-born Paul Wright took the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director for his atmospheric first feature For Those in Peril.

“Thanks to an independent film industry which encompasses so many different cultures, personalities, visions and voices,” comment Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, BIFA’s joint directors, “Britain is producing a new generation of fearless artists both behind and in front of the camera who represent that richness of our diverse British society. With so many of the films exploring themes about being less judgmental and more forgiving, this perhaps reflects a movement within British independent filmmaking that brings much hope for the future.”

The winners in full

Best British Independent Film
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Metro Manila
Best Director
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Sean Ellis – Metro Manila
The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
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Paul Wright – For Those in Peril
Best Screenplay
Steven Knight – Locke
Best Actress
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Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-end
Best Actor
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James McAvoy – Filth     

Best Supporting Actress
Imogen Poots – The Look of Love
Best Supporting Actor
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Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up
Most Promising Newcomer
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Chloe Pirrie – Shell
Best Achievement in Production
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Metro Manila
Best Technical Achievement
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Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant
Best Documentary
Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer
Best British Short
Supported by BFI NET.WORK
Best International Independent Film
Blue Is the Warmest Colour
The Raindance Award
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The Machine
The Richard Harris Award (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film)

Julie Walters
The Variety Award
Paul Greengrass
The Special Jury Prize
Sixteen Films

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