Monday, 5 November 2012



London, UK:  BBC Films has scooped 21 nominations for the 2012 British Independent Film Awards which were announced this morning.

Rufus Norris’ BROKEN leads the way with 9 nominations, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear have been recognised for their performances in the film, along with Eloise Laurence who has been included in the Most Promising Newcomer category. BROKEN has also been nominated for Best Technical Achievement and Best Debut Director, making it the most nominated film at this year’s BIFAs.

Acclaimed gritty drama ILL MANORS has garnered 3 nominations, including Best Actor for Riz Ahmed and Best Debut Director for Ben Drew.

Set in 1960s London, Sally Potter’s GINGER & ROSA has also received 3 nominations, including Best Actress for Elle Fanning’s portrayal of Ginger, and Best Supporting Actress for Alice Englert’s performance of Rosa.

James Marsh’s tense thriller SHADOW DANCER has received two nominations – Andrea Riseborough as Best Actress and Domhnall Gleeson as Best Supporting Actor.

Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut QUARTET has been recognised with a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Billy Connolly’s performance as Wilf.

Mat Whitecross’s Spike Island has received a nomination for Elliot Tittensor as Most Promising Newcomer. Julien Temple’s LONDON – THE MODERN BABYLON has been nominated for Best Documentary. Acclaimed filmmaker Lynne Ramsey’s SWIMMER has been nominated in the Best British Short category.

BIFA 2012 will take place at Old Billingsgate in Central London on Sunday December 9th, 2012 hosted by James Nesbitt.
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BBC Films is the feature filmmaking arm of the BBC. It aims to make strong British films with range and ambition, bringing the best of British talent to audiences. BBC Films is firmly established at the forefront of British independent filmmaking and co-produces around eight films a year, working in partnership with major international and UK distributors. Christine Langan is the Head of BBC Films, responsible for the development and production slate, strategy and business operations.

Recent releases include Sally Potter’s reflection on troubled friendship Ginger and Rosa currently in cinemas, Ol Parker’s teen romance Now is Good, Fernando Meirelles’ stylish and contemporary drama 360, James Marsh’s heart-wrenching thriller Shadow Dancer, Julien Temple’s documentary feature London – The Modern Babylon, Lasse Hallstr√∂m’s romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Max and Dania’s kinetic 3D film StreetDance 2, Ralph Fiennes’ contemporary Shakespeare adaptation Coriolanus, Simon Curtis’ comedy drama My Week with Marilyn, Nick Murphy’s supernatural mystery The Awakening, Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of the Winner for the Orange Prize for Fiction We Need to Talk About Kevin, David Mackenzie’s romantic thriller Perfect Sense, Cary Fukunaga’s modern retelling of Jane Eyre, and James Marsh’s moving documentary Project Nim.

Forthcoming films include Mike Newell’s sumptuous Dickens classic Great Expectations in cinemas 30 November and Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, the wickedly comic Quartet, which will be in cinemas 4 January 2013, and on the same release date Terri Hooley biopic Good Vibrations from directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn.

BBC Films has an impressive back catalogue, which includes titles such as NigelCole’s Made in Dagenham, Lone Scherfig’s Academy Award® nominated and BAFTA award-winning An Education; Armando Iannucci’s Academy Award® and BAFTA award-nominated In the Loop; Jane Campion’s Academy Award®nominated Bright Star; and Andrea Arnold’s BAFTA award-winning Fish Tank.

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