LONDON, Thursday 29th October – Film4 has won an inaugural Star Of London Award at the London International Film Festival, where The Scouting Book For Boys’ screen screenwriter Jack Thorne picked up the Best Newcomer prize.
Film4 is also nominated for nine prestigious British Independent Film Awards (BIFAS), for Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy, which receives its World Premiere at the London International Film Festival tonight, Paul King’s Bunny And The Bull, which is released in November and Ken Loach’s Looking For Eric. The BIFAS will be held in London on Sunday 6 December.
Nowhere Boy about the life and times of the young John Lennon has been nominated for six awards. Besides nods for Best Actor (Aaron Johnson), Best Supporting Actress (Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff) and Best Screenplay (Matt Greenheigh), filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood has been nominated for the Douglas Hickox Award for best debut director, and the picture is in the running for the Best British Independent Film Award.
Bunny And The Bull Paul ‘Mighty Boosh’ King’s absurd comedy has scored two nominations – Best Production Design and Best Achievement In Production.
Looking For Eric Ken Loach’s cracking comedy-drama has also been recognised. John Henshaw is up for Best Supporting Actor.
Film4, headed by Tessa Ross, is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. The company develops and co-finances film productions and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established. Film4 is a founding partner of the Warp X digital studio.
Film4’s latest release was Ken Loach’s Cannes competition film, Looking for Eric. Other 2009 releases include Danny Boyle’s, Slumdog Millionaire; Steve McQueen’s Hunger; Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges; Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky and Michael Winterbottom’s Genova.
Upcoming Film4 releases include Paul King’s Bunny and the Bull; Xiaolu Guo’s She, A Chinese, winner of the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival earlier this year; Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones; Chris Morris’ Four Lions and Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy.
Currently completing post production are Kevin Macdonald’s Eagle of the Ninth; Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go; Peter Mullan’s Neds, Hideo Nakata’s Chat Room and Mike Leigh’s 09 Project.
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