• “Metro Manila” wins big at British Independent Film Awards: media

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    LONDON: The British Independent Film Awards honored ‘Metro Manila’ directed by Sean Ellis as the best film of the year, local media reports said on Monday.

    “Metro Manila” also scooped best director award for Ellis, at the awards ceremony held in central London’s Old Billingsgate market.

    Lindsay Duncan won Best Actress for “Le Week-End” and James McAvoy won Best Actor for “Filth”.

    Imogen Poots was named Best Supporting Actress for “The Look of Love” and Ben Mendelsohn won Best Supporting Actor for “Starred Up”.

    “Metro Manila” won the most awards on the night, picking up Best Achievement in Production to add to best director and best film.

    BIFA Joint Directors Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said, “This year our independent jury had an extremely tough job, they were asked to choose from an impressive pool of talent and creativity in a year where the diversity of storytelling is more extreme than ever.”

    Veteran actress Julie Walters was awarded the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor, and Paul Greengrass the Variety Award, which recognizes an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to shine the international spotlight on the Britain.

    The Special Jury Prize went to Sixteen Films & Friends (AKA Team Loach), in recognition of their contribution, bringing the work of Ken Loach to life. PNA

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