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Oscar winner Steve McQueen visits Channel 4 HQ

12 Mar, 2014 Productions Posted in: Academy Awards, Awards

Earlier today Steve McQueen visited Channel 4 HQ and was greeted by the whole company, with staff gathering to congratulate him on his Best Picture win for 12 Years A Slave.

Tessa and Steve at C4

Steve McQueen and Tessa Ross

Rapturous applause and huge cheers greeted Steve as he walked through the doors as he waved his Oscar for all on the balconies to see.

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Steve has worked with Film4 since his first feature film Hunger, followed by Shame and now the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave. It was an incredibly proud moment for everyone at the channel as he brought his Oscar home.

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C4 Chief Executive David Abraham, Chairman Lord Burns, Controller of Film and Drama Tessa Ross and Steve McQueen

Congratulations from all at Channel 4, Steve!

12 Years A Slave wins three Oscars, including Best Picture

03 Mar, 2014 Productions Posted in: Academy Awards, Awards, Events

Steve McQueen’s Film4-backed historical drama 12 Years A Slave wins three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

12 Years A Slave

Film4 is celebrating tonight after Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave took home three Academy Awards, including the top award of the night, Best Picture. The film also won Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley.

Tessa Ross, Channel 4 Controller of Film and Drama, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon for Steve, Lupita and John, and the whole team on this extraordinary film. From internationally-acclaimed artist to Academy Award-winning filmmaker in just a few years, Steve’s is an astonishing journey, and one that Channel 4 is immensely privileged to have been a part of. He’s an inspiration to so many. It’s Steve’s moment, but the whole of the British film industry should also feel incredibly proud tonight.”

In his acceptance speech, Steve McQueen thanked Film4 and “the great Tessa Ross” for their support. He dedicated the award to “all the people who have endured slavery, and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today,” adding “everyone deserves not just to survive but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup.”

Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man sold into slavery,12 Years A Slave has been winning plaudits and accolades since its world premiere last year. It’s Film4’s third collaboration with Steve McQueen following on from the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Hunger and Shame.

The Academy Award wins cement Film4’s position as one of the leading supporters of British film. With an annual budget of £15 million, Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established.

For further information visit Film4 Productions and follow @Film4Insider for further updates from the Academy Awards ceremony. Steve McQueen’s debut feature film, and first collaboration with Film4, Hunger, will be screening on Film4 channel at 1.35am on Tuesday 4th March.

Audiences vote for Film4-backed films

25 Feb, 2014 Posted in: Awards

Film4 films have garnered a total of 17 nominations across the Empire Magazine and Guardian Film Awards, both voted for entirely by readers, with 12 Years A Slave leading the nominations.

12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave

We’re delighted to report that Guardian readers have voted for Film4-backed films in six categories for a total of nine nominations in the brand new Guardian Film Awards, a set of awards voted for by members of the general public. 12 Years A Slave is nominated for Best Film, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor’s lead performance, Best Supporting Actor for Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender’s performances, Biggest Game-changer, Best Line of Dialogue for “Something to eat and some rest; your children will soon enough be forgotten”, Best Scene for Patsy (Lupita Nyong’o) returning with the soap, and last but certainly not least a Best Director nod for Steve McQueen.

A Field In England rounds out the Guardian Film Award nominations for Film4-backed films with a nomination in the Biggest Game-changer category.

Click here to vote for the Guardian Film Awards.

Reece Shearsmith stars in A Field In England

Reece Shearsmith stars in A Field In England

The Jameson Empire Awards, as voted for before by Empire readers, are now in their 19th year and have delivered another great showing for Film4-backed films and talent with eight nominations. 12 Years A Slave continues to be popular with audiences, with six nominations in the Best Film, Best Director (Steve McQueen), Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress and Best Female Newcomer (both Lupita Nyong’o) categories.

A Field In England also bagged a nomination from Empire readers, in the Best Horror category, while in the Thriller category, there’s a nod for Danny Boyle’s art heist mystery Trance.

Click here to vote for the Jameson Empire Awards.

 

Film4-backed 12 Years a Slave wins Best Film at the BAFTAs

17 Feb, 2014 Productions Posted in: Awards, Bafta

Steve McQueen’s Film4-backed 12 Years a Slave won Best Film at last night’s British Academy Film Awards, with Chiwetel Ejiofor being named Best Actor for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in the critically-acclaimed film.

12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave

Tessa Ross, Controller of Film and Drama at Channel 4, says:

“We’re thrilled that Steve and Chiwetel have been honoured by BAFTA. It’s always special to receive recognition on home soil, so we’re particularly proud that the industry has acknowledged two incredible British talents and this wonderful film with these awards tonight.”

The awards cement Film4’s position as one of the leading supporters of film in the UK. They follow a multitude of accolades heaped on Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, including Best Film at the Golden Globes last month, and ten Academy Award nominations for the forthcoming Oscars. 12 Years A Slave is Film4’s third collaboration with Steve McQueen following the critically-acclaimed Hunger and Shame.

For further information visit www.film4.com/productions and follow @Film4Insider for tweets from the awards ceremony.

Film4 celebrates five wins at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards

03 Feb, 2014 Productions Posted in: Awards, News

Film4 is celebrating after five wins at Sunday night’s London Critics’ Circle Awards, in the Film of the Year, British Film of the Year, Actor of the Year, Supporting Actress of the Year and Young British Performer categories.

The London Critics' Circle Film Awards - Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen accepting Best Film for 12 Years A Slave

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave scooped three awards – Film of the Year, Best Actor for lead Chiwetel Ejiofor and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o. Accepting Best Film, Steve McQueen commented on how pleased he was to be recognised in his hometown for a film that had meant so much to him.

Steve McQueen and Critics Circle Chair Jason Solomons at the Novikov Afterparty

Steve McQueen and Critics Circle Chair Jason Solomons at the Novikov afterparty

Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant won Best British Film while its star Conner Chapman won Young British Performer. His co-star Shaun Thomas was also nominated in the Young British Performer category and at Conner’s request joined him on stage to help accept the award.

The Selfish Giant Director Clio Barnard and producer Tracy O’Riordan applaud as Conner Chapman gets up to accept Young British Performer

The Selfish Giant Director Clio Barnard and producer Tracy O’Riordan applaud as Conner Chapman gets up to accept Young British Performer

The awards were held at the May Fair Hotel, and are voted for by the London Film Critics’ Circle, which comprises over 120 UK film critics, broadcasters and writers.

Conner Chapman with co-star Shaun Thomas accepting Young British Performer

Conner Chapman with co-star Shaun Thomas accepting Young British Performer

Commenting on the awards, Tessa Ross, Head of Film4, says: “The London Film Critics’ awards are known for honouring challenging and innovative cinema and we’re very proud that Film4 could play its part in supporting 12 Years A Slave and The Selfish Giant –  it’s wonderful that the work of the hugely talented filmmakers responsible for these films has been recognised.”

The London Critics’ Circle wins follow the announcement of the 86th Academy Award nominations on 16th January, with 9 nominations for 12 Years A Slave. The Academy Awards take place on 2nd March.