Sunday, 4 December 2016

AMERICAN HONEY HITS A SWEET SPOT WITH BIFA 2016


American Honey would certainly not have been my #1 choice to win the top prizes at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards, but Andrea Arnold's an excellent filmmaker, and I'm super happy that a female director has triumphed. Plus, the rest of BIFA's choices are solid, including a healthy haul for Babak Anvari's Under the Shadow and a win for Notes on Blindness. Good stuff on the whole, and you know I like a bit of good stuff on my whole. Remember their nominations? No? They're here, and their awards are...

Best British Independent Film
American Honey

Best Director
Andrea Arnold (American Honey)

Best Actress
Sasha Lane (American Honey)

Best Actor
Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake)

Best Supporting Actress
Avin Manshadi (Under the Shadow)

Best Supporting Actor
Brett Goldstein (Adult Life Skills)

Best Screenplay
Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow)

Best Documentary
Notes on Blindness

Best International Independent Film
Moonlight

Outstanding Achievement in Craft
Robbie Ryan (American Honey) - cinematography

Best Breakthrough Producer
Camille Gatin (The Girl with All the Gifts)

The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director
Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow)

Most Promising Newcomer
Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake)

Best Debut Screenwriter
Rachel Tunnard (Adult Life Skills)