Sunday, 6 December 2015


The 2015 British Independent Film Awards had the potential to be among the most generous of the current awards season, with five extremely well-liked films up for their top award. Alas, voters had other intentions entirely, snubbing almost all but the winner, Ex Machina, entirely, as Alex Garland's film (the joint least-nominated of the top five) won in every category where it received a mention, and left its four competitors for Best British Independent Film empty-handed, save a Supporting Actress win for The Lobster. A real show of strength for a film that could be one of the season's darkest of dark horses. The nominations can be seen here, and all the winners below:

Best British Independent Film
Ex Machina

Best Director
Alex Garland (Ex Machina)

Best Actor
Tom Hardy (Legend)

Best Actress
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Best Supporting Actor
Brendan Gleeson (Suffragette)

Best Supporting Actress
Olivia Colman (The Lobster)

Best Screenplay
Alex Garland (Ex Machina)

Best Achievement in Craft
Andrew Whitehurst (Ex Machina) - visual effects

Best Documentary
Dark Horse

Best International Independent Film

Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director
Stephen Fingleton (The Survivalist)

Most Promising Newcomer
Abigail Hardingham (Nina Forever)

Raindance Discovery Award
Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

Producer of the Year
Andrew de Lotbiniere and Paul Katis (Kajaki)

Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Film by an Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor

Special Jury Prize
Chris Collins

Variety Award
Kate Winslet

Best Short Film