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2017 British Independent Film Awards Winners Announced



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:


God’s Own Country (WINNER)

The Death Of Stalin

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I Am Not A Witch

Lady Macbeth


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


Fish Story (WINNER)


The Entertainer

Wren Boys



Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth) (WINNER)

Harry Gilby (Just Charlie)

Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth)

Lily Newmark (Pin Cushion)

Harry Michell (Chubby Funny)


In Another Life (WINNER)


My Pure Land


Even When I Fall


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)


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)


Almost Heaven (WINNER)

Kingdom Of Us

Uncle Howard


Half Way


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)


Get Out (WINNER)

The Florida Project

The Square


I Am Not Your Negro


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)


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)


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)


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)


Nicole Stafford (The Death Of Stalin) (WINNER)

Jan Sewell (Breathe)

Nadia Stacey (Journeyman)

Sian Wilson (Lady Macbeth)

Julene Paton (I Am Not A Witch)


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)


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)


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


Andy Shelley/Steve Griffiths (Jawbone)

Joakim Sundstrom (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Maiken Hansen (I Am Not A Witch)


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

The Death Of Stalin

Luke Dodd (Journeyman)

Chris Reynolds (Their Finest)

Dan Martin (Double Date)


Rosamund Pike and Richard Madden Join BAFTA Jury to Decide EE Rising Star Award Shortlist



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BAFTA nominated actress Rosamund Pike, actor Richard Madden, actor and producer Ray Panthaki and film broadcaster, Edith Bowman, joined the EE Rising Star Award jury to help choose the shortlist for the 2019 award.

Now in its fourteenth year, recipients of the EE Rising Star Award continue to read like a who’s who of the acting world with all past nominees and winners enjoying major box office success. It is the only award at the esteemed ceremony to be voted for by the British public and previous winners include James McAvoy, Eva Green, Juno Temple, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Noel Clarke, Jack O’Connell, Will Poulter, John Boyega, Tom Holland and last year’s winner, Daniel Kaluuya.

Meeting at BAFTA’s headquarters at 195 Piccadilly, London, the jury debated which five nominees deserve to go head to head and face the public vote ahead of the 2019 EE British Academy Film Awards. The shortlist will be announced on Thursday 3rd January and the winner will be revealed at the ceremony on Sunday 10th February.

Sitting alongside Rosamund Pike and Richard Madden on the jury panel at 195 Piccadilly were an outstanding line-up of industry experts gathered to discuss the long-list of emerging talent. The jury was chaired by Alison Thompson, Co-President of Cornerstone Films. It also included Lucy Bevan, industry-leading casting director for Murder on the Orient Express, Cinderella and Pirates of the CaribbeanLeo Davis, renowned casting director for The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Layer Cake and The Constant Gardener;and Georgina Lowe, acclaimed producer for Peterloo, Happy-Go-Lucky and Another Year. The jury was completed by prominent film and arts journalists including broadcaster Edith Bowman and film critic Anna Smith.

Rosamund Pike said: “To be asked to join this year’s EE Rising Star Award panel is an exciting honour. It’s been fascinating watching the breadth of talent in an incredible array of films. Making the shortlist decision won’t be easy as the calibre of the acting is so high but I’m looking forward to discussing and deliberating with my fellow jurors, to ensure we have the best possible shortlist for the public vote.”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Maria Laura Antonelli/AGF/REX/Shutterstock (6323488bh)

Richard Madden said: “I was thrilled when I received the call inviting me to be a part of the decision making on this year’s EE Rising Star Award panel. It’s a very important category and it’s been exciting to watch these actors and actresses shine in their different parts. Today is going to be very interesting as we sit down to discuss who we each think deserves a nomination.”

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Lost Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Cartoon, Precursor to Mickey Mouse, Discovered in Japan



Neck ‘n’ Neck, one of the seven Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons thought lost to the annals of time, has been discovered by an anime historian in Japan.

The cartoon, first released by Disney in 1928, was in the hands of Yasushi Watanabe. The cartoon collector had bought a 16mm copy of the feature for the equivalent of $4.40 in Osaka when he was in high school almost 70 years ago, utterly oblivious to its significance.

“As I’ve been a Disney fan for many years, I’m happy that I was able to play a role,” Watanabe said in an interview with a local newspaper. The original Neck ‘n’ Neck, which aired as a supplementary feature in cinemas, was five minutes in length. However, the cartoon was cut down to just two minutes for the 16mm version that was sold for home projection use, which unfortunately does mean that 60% of the original feature still remains lost.

Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in 1927 and created twenty-six cartoons featuring the character that were then distributed by Universal Studios. Oswald was Walt Disney’s first original character, and his success acted as the launchpad for the business that is now worth $92 billion.

Unfortunately, in 1928, Walt Disney lost control of the character following a bitter contract disagreement with Oswald’s producer Charles Mintz, and Mintz would in fact wrangle the character over to Universal full-term, where he would stay until 2006. Following the loss of his flagship character, Walt would decide to make a replacement to be the face of his new cartoon business, and went on to create Mickey Mouse who debuted that same year in the black-and-white classic Steamboat Willie.

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Box Office News

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Eyeing $250M Debut



Forthcoming, magical prequel/sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is on track for a spellbinding time at the international box office.

The feature, which has been directed by Potter stalwart David Yates and penned by series’ creator JK Rowling, looks poised to potentially score a $65 million domestic debut, though some experts are placing the opening weekend figure closer to $75 million. If those higher estimates hold true, it would put the feature on par with its predecessor, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ($74 million), which went on to garner $814 million worldwide. The Crimes of Grindelwald is hoping for a higher overall, however, carrying a budget of $200 million compared to the first film’s $175 million.

Globally, the film is on track to take in $250 million in its opening weekend, but that figure could suffer due to a harsher critical reception this time around; The Crimes of Grindelwald currently sits at a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes, and holds a 57 MetaScore, with many critcs decrying the feature as “cluttered“, “unsatisfying“, and “sleep-inducing“.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is in UK cinemas from tomorrow, starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp, and is rated 12A.

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