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2017 British Independent Film Awards Winners Announced

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Entering its 20th year of the annual ceremony which celebrates the outstanding efforts of our homegrown talent. Hosted by Mark Gatiss. Tonight has seen the British Independent Film Awards take place in London, where it proved to be a terrific night for the exquisite Lady Macbeth, leading the way with a fantastic five wins including Florence Pugh in the Best Actress category.

Close behind the William Oldroyd film was the beautiful God’s Own Country and Armando Iannucci’s latest comedic assault The Death Of Stalin, scooping four awards each with the likes of Josh O’Connor (Best Actor), director Francis Lee (Debut Screenwriter) and Simon Russell Beale (Supporting Actor) singled out .

Elsewhere there were victories for Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not A Witch, with screen legends Gary Oldman (The Variety Award) and Vanessa Redgrave (Richard Harris Award) also honoured at the ceremony.

The full list of winners are as follows:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM:

God’s Own Country (WINNER)

The Death Of Stalin

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I Am Not A Witch

Lady Macbeth

BEST SCREENPLAY:

Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth) (WINNER)

Francis Lee (Gods Own Country)

Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Armando Iannucci/David Schneider/Ian Martin (The Death Of Stalin)

Rungano Nyoni (I Am Not A Witch)

BEST DIRECTOR:

Rungano Nyoni (I Am Not A Witch) (WINNER)

Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Francis Lee (God’s Own Country)

Armando Iannucci (The Death Of Stalin)

William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth)

BEST ACTOR:

Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country) (WINNER)

Jamie Bell (Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool)

Alec Secareanu (God’s Own Country)

Johnny Harris (Jawbone)

Paddy Considine (Journeyman)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Simon Russell Beale (The Death Of Stalin) (WINNER)

Steve Buscemi (The Death Of Stalin)

Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Ian Hart (God’s Own Country)

BEST ACTRESS:

Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) (WINNER)

Ruth Wilson (Dark River)

Emily Beecham (Daphne)

Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Margaret Mulubwa (I Am Not A Witch)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Patricia Clarkson (The Party) (WINNER)

Julie Walters (Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool)

Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth)

Kelly Macdonald (Goodbye Christopher Robin)

Andrea Riseborough (The Death Of Stalin)

BEST BRITISH SHORT:

Fish Story (WINNER)

1745

The Entertainer

Wren Boys

Work

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER:

Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth) (WINNER)

Harry Gilby (Just Charlie)

Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth)

Lily Newmark (Pin Cushion)

Harry Michell (Chubby Funny)

THE DISCOVERY AWARD:

In Another Life (WINNER)

Isolani

My Pure Land

Halfway

Even When I Fall

DEBUT DIRECTOR:

Rungano Nyoni (I Am Not A Witch) (WINNER)

Francis Lee (God’s Own Country)

Thomas Napper (Jawbone)

Deborah Haywood (Pin Cushion)

William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth)

DEBUT SCREENWRITER:

Francis Lee (God’s Own Country) (WINNER)

Gaby Chiappe (Their Finest)

Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth)

Rungano Nyoni (I Am Not A Witch)

Johnny Harris (Jawbone)

BEST DOCUMENTARY:

Almost Heaven (WINNER)

Kingdom Of Us

Uncle Howard

Williams

Half Way

BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCER:

Emily Morgan (I Am Not A Witch) (WINNER)

Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (Lady Macbeth)

Jack Tarling/Manon Ardisson (God’s Own Country)

Brendan Mullin/Katy Jackson (Bad Day For The Cut)

Gavin Humphries (Pin Cushion)

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM:

Get Out (WINNER)

The Florida Project

The Square

Loveless

I Am Not Your Negro

BEST CASTING:

Sarah Crowe (The Death Of Stalin) (WINNER)

Debbie McWilliams (Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool)

Shaheen Baig (Lady Macbeth)

Shabeen Baig/Layla Merrick-Wolf (God’s Own Country)

Sarah Halley Finn (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Ari Wegner (Lady Macbeth) (WINNER)

Ben Davis (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Thomas Riedelsheimer (Leaning Into The Wind)

Tat Radcliffe (Jawbone)

David Gallego (I Am Not A Witch)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

Holly Waddington (Lady Macbeth) (WINNER)

Sandy Powell (How To Talk To Girls At Parties)

Dinah Collin (My Cousin Rachel)

Suzie Harman (The Death Of Stalin)

Holly Rebecca (I Am Not A Witch)

BEST EDITING:

Jon Gregory (Three Billboards Outside

 Ebbing, Missouri) (WINNER)

David Charap (Jawbone)

Joe Martin (Us And Them)

Johnny Burke (Williams)

Peter Lambert (The Death Of Stalin)

BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIR DESIGN:

Nicole Stafford (The Death Of Stalin) (WINNER)

Jan Sewell (Breathe)

Nadia Stacey (Journeyman)

Sian Wilson (Lady Macbeth)

Julene Paton (I Am Not A Witch)

BEST MUSIC:

Carter Burwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) (WINNER)

Matt Kelly (I Am Not A Witch)

Paul Weller (Jawbone)

Fred Frith (Leaning Into The Wind)

Christopher Willis (The Death Of Stalin)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

Cristina Casali (The Death Of Stalin) (WINNER)

James Merifield (Final Portrait)

Jacqueline Abrahams (Lady Macbeth)

Eve Stewart (Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool)

Nathan Parker (I Am Not A Witch)

BEST SOUND:

Anna Bertmark (God’s Own Country) (WINNER)

Breathe

Andy Shelley/Steve Griffiths (Jawbone)

Joakim Sundstrom (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Maiken Hansen (I Am Not A Witch)

BEST EFFECTS:

Nick Allder/Ben White (The Ritual) (WINNER)

The Death Of Stalin

Luke Dodd (Journeyman)

Chris Reynolds (Their Finest)

Dan Martin (Double Date)

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Jeff Bridges Gives Big Lebowski Remake His Blessing, On One Condition

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The man, the myth, the Dude himself, actor Jeff Bridges is currently on the press tour for his latest feature Bad Times at the El Royale, and naturally the beloved thespian was asked about The Big Lebowski.

Given Hollywood’s propensity for rebooting, remaking, and reimagining anything that anyone, anywhere even vaguely recollects, Variety decided to get out in front of tinsel town’s favourite business model, and to ask Bridges if  he would be interested in a remake of The Big Lebowski.

“Yeah, if I was in it!” he laughed with a shrug.

To be clear, no remake of The Big Lebowski has been officially announced, but it’s a fairly good bet that some executive somewhere has floated the idea at least once.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the cult-classic, which starred Bridges, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore in the story of a legendary slacker who is mistaken for a millionaire, and embroiled in a series of darkly comic criminal hijinks. The picture was written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, who recently allowed a reimagining/continuation of their 1996 picture Fargo to be adapted to television.

Bad Times at the El Royale also stars Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson and Jon Hamm. It’s due for release in UK cinemas on the 12th of October, this year.

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The House With a Clock in Its Walls Tops Box Office, Fahrenheit 11/9 Lands With A Thud

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Eli Roth’s family fantasy adaptation of classic children’s novel The House With a Clock in Its Walls, which stars Cate Blanchett and Jack Black, has debuted at the top of the domestic box office – surpassing expectations with a very respectable $26.8 million opening weekend.

The House With a Clock in Its Walls is now Roth’s highest-ever opening, beating the previous record of his grisly horror feature Hostel, which opened to $19 million back in 2005. The flick beat out other newcomer Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore’s latest scathing documentary on the Trump administration, which only managed a paltry $3.1 million. The film is the latest in a line of diminishing returns for Moore’s work.

Internationally, Conjuring-spinoff The Nun still held the gold medal at the box office with an impressive $35 million weekly taking, bringing its total earnings to $292.6 million worldwide.

This week’s features should have a pretty comfortable run over the next nine days to continue earning as the Summer movie season officially draws to a close, and studios shift to their Autumn slates. October 3rd will see the next big competition of the year, as Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born opens opposite Tom Hardy’s super-antihero Venom.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Foxx Join Untitled Netflix Sci-Fi

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Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are boarding Netflix’s untitled sci-fi movie which long-time collaborators Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are directing off Mattson Tomlin’s screenplay.

The pic’s storyline is being kept under wraps.

Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless’ Screen Arcade will produce as part of their first look deal with Netflix. Newman, who has been behind such productions as the Oscar-nominated Children of Men, and Zack Snyder’s reboot of Dawn of The Dead, has a strong, on-going relationship with Netflix that goes back to the streaming service’s second original series Hemlock Grove.  He also conceived and packaged Narcos for Netflix on which he serves as writer, show-runner and EP.

Unkeless recently produced the three-time Oscar-nominated film I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney; the latter winning an Academy Award for best supporting actress. Unkeless’ film First Match, which he produced for Netflix, won the Audience Award at SXSW earlier this year.

Ray Oscar best actor winner Foxx is currently shooting the courtroom drama, Just Mercy opposite Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson for director Destin Cretton.  Foxx can next be seen in Lionsgate’s Robin Hood on Nov. 21 and his Fox show Beat Shazam, which he serves as EP and hosts, was recently renewed for a third season. Gordon-Levitt can next be seen in the airline hijacking thriller, 7500 from Patrick Vollarth. Gordon-Levitt is a two-Golden Globe nominee in the comedy/musical lead actor category for 50/50 and (500) Days of Summer.

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