Film4-Backed Films Receive Eight Nominations At The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

21 Dec, 2016 Productions Posted in: Awards

Andrea Arnold’s American Honey continued its run of awards success today, with five nominations at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards: Film of the Year, British/Irish Film of the Year, Supporting Actor of the Year (Shia LaBeouf), Supporting Actress of the Year (Riley Keough) and Technical Achievement (Robbie Ryan – Cinematography).

There were two awards for Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise: British/Irish Film of the Year and Technical Achievement (Mark Tildesley – Production Design). And Naomie Harris was nominated as British/Irish Actress for her work in three films – Film4-backed Our Kind Of Traitor, as well as Moonlight and Collateral Beauty.

American Honey won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and earlier in December took home four awards at the British Independent Film Awards: top prize Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Outstanding Achievement in Craft (Robbie Ryan). The film has also been nominated for six Independent Spirit Awards, and named on best-films-of-2016 lists from publications including Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Time Out, Entertainment Weekly and Screen International.

The Critics’ Circle Film Awards will take place on January 22nd 2017.




American Honey triumphs at the British Independent Film Awards 2016

Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, starring Sasha Lane, triumphed at the British Independent Film Awards 2016

Sasha Lane in American Honey

Sasha Lane in American Honey

Film4-backed AMERICAN HONEY took home four awards from six nominations at last night’s BIFAs, including top prize Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Andrea Arnold, Best Actress for star Sasha Lane, and Outstanding Achievement in Craft for cinematographer Robbie Ryan. 

Film4’s Head of Creative Rose Garnett commented: “We are thrilled that BIFA’s jury saw fit to award American Honey with four prizes. Andrea is one of the great directors working today, and a truly independent filmmaker. American Honey is a landmark film that places British talent at the centre of the world cinema stage, and Film4 are proud to have supported the project from its inception.”

AMERICAN HONEY previously won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and has also been nominated for six Independent Spirit Awards: Best Feature, Director, Female Lead, Supporting Female (Riley Keough), Supporting Male (Shia LaBeouf) and Cinematography (Robbie Ryan).

AMERICAN HONEY tells the story of Star (Sasha Lane), a teenage girl from a troubled home, who runs away with a travelling sales crew that drives across the American mid-west selling magazine subscriptions door to door. Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, one of whom is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon gets into the group’s lifestyle of hard partying, law-bending and young love.

A24 released the film in the US on September 30th; Universal / Focus Features released the film in the UK on October 14th.

Sally Wainwright awarded the prestigious Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship

23 Nov, 2016 Posted in: Awards

British multi award-winning screenwriter Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Scott & Bailey) receives the 2016 Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship, in partnership with BFI and Film4.


The Fellowship carries an award of £30,000 together with a year-long tailored experience including unparalleled access to some of the most exciting scientific and humanities research in the world.

Selected from over 100 names nominated by the film and television industries, the award was made in recognition of Wainwright’s distinct voice and clear commitment to research and authenticity.

Now in its fourth year, the Fellowship is celebrated as a major annual award designed to nurture enquiring minds and unique voices and bring the worlds of film and science closer together. Previous fellowships have been awarded to Clio Barnard (2013), Jonathan Glazer (2014) and Carol Morley (2015).

This year the Fellowship was opened to individuals working in television as well as film, in recognition of television’s exceptional quality and the innovative vision of its writers. Receiving the award Sally Wainwright said:

“It was an unexpected delight and honour to be offered the Fellowship. My career has taken me in many directions, so I am curious and excited to see where this opportunity leads me.  I cannot think of a better place to research, explore and understand the human condition than Wellcome. I look forward enormously to being inspired by everyone and everything”.

Simon Chaplin, Wellcome’s Director of Culture and Society, said: “The Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to delve into what it really means to be human and is the start of what we hope is a lifelong exploration into the world of science. We’ve had the pleasure of following the journeys of Carol Morley, Jonathan Glazer and Clio Barnard over the last three years and are incredibly excited that Sally Wainwright is taking up the 2016 Screenwriting Fellowship. She will undoubtedly bring a new perspective to the world of Wellcome.”

The intention of the Fellowship is to give a screenwriter time and space to explore without the constraints of a specific project. In doing this, the partners hope to make the Fellowship’s influence profound and long-lived, and hopefully inspire films for years to come. The Fellowship is the start of a long-term relationship with Wellcome, with all fellows enjoying continued access and support.

The Fellowship, awarded by the Fellowship Panel, is chaired by Kate Leys with Lizzie Francke (Senior Development and Production Executive, BFI), Eva Yates (Creative Executive, Film4), Meroë Candy (Development Manager, Film and Drama, Wellcome) and Iain Dodgeon (Broadcast, Games and Film Manager, Wellcome).

Talking about her year, 2015 Fellow Carol Morley, said: “Wellcome has expanded my brain, and my heart – I have discovered so much that speaks so potently about the human condition. Meeting and sharing ideas with archivists, librarians, scientists, and project managers has been incredibly significant, and has had a major impact on the stories and films I am developing. The Fellowship has been a highlight of my filmmaking years, the most brilliant experience, and a total privilege”.

Whilst there is no obligation for the fellow to produce anything as a result of the bursary, the influence and legacy of this unique experience is beginning to emerge. Last year’s fellow Carol Morley has announced that she’s in the research stage for a film titled Typist, Artist, Pirate, King about the undiscovered life of artist Audrey Amiss, whose archive is held in the Wellcome Library. While 2013 Fellow, Clio Barnard is now in post-production with her latest film Dark River, which was developed during her Fellowship when she met with psychologists and psychiatrists working on traumatic memory. The film is backed by Film4, Screen Yorkshire, the BFI and Wellcome, produced by Moonspun Films/Left Bank Pictures and was developed by Film4, the BFI and Wellcome.

Lizzie Francke, BFI Senior Production and Development Executive said: “We need our artists – our novelists, poets, playwrights and filmmakers and screenwriters even more now to raise their voices above the cacophony and cleave their audiences together in some collective story telling harmony. As this year’s Wellcome screenwriting fellow, Sally Wainwright has provided some incredible, memorable collective moments in her work so far – bringing a mythic sensibility to the contemporary, a freshness to the familiar. It is incredibly exciting to think what her relationship with Wellcome might bring – her research here today transformed by her brilliant sense of story becoming a nation’s talking point tomorrow.”

Eva Yates, Creative Executive at Film4 said: “It’s a great privilege for us at Film4 to continue partnering with Wellcome and BFI on this unique opportunity. Sally is such an exceptional and brilliant writer and director, a determined creator of deeply truthful and ambitious works. There’s no more exciting prospect than to throw open the doors of Wellcome so that Sally and her characters may roam.”

The 36th London Film Critics Circle Awards

18 Jan, 2016 Posted in: Actors and Actresses, Awards

The Film4-backed 45 Years takes Best Actor, Best Actress and Best British Film at the 36th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Other prizes for Film4-backed films included Breakthrough Filmmaker for director John Maclean for Slow West, Best Documentary for Amy and a gong for cinematography for Carol’s director of photography Ed Lachman.

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Tom Courtenay wins Best Actor

At a black-tie ceremony hosted by comedian Robin Ince, Film4-backed films went home with a total of six prizes. Andrew Haigh’s tender drama 45 Years was named British/Irish Film of the Year by a voting body comprising around 90 of the UK’s professional critics. It also won the night’s top acting prizes, as veteran stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay were named Actress and Actor of the Year.

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45 Years producer Tristan Golligher

Adding to its list of honours in the US, Asif Kapadia’s Amy took the award for Documentary of the Year. Musician-turned-filmmaker John Maclean won the Philip French Award for Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker for his striking debut Slow West, while Todd Haynes’s period romance Carol took the multi-disciplinary Technical Achievement Award for Ed Lachman’s 16mm cinematography.


Host comedian Robin Ince

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Judi Dench presented the Dilys Powell award for excellence in film to Kenneth Branagh

The full list of winners for the 36th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards:


FILM OF THE YEAR: Mad Max: Fury Road




ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Tom Courtenay — 45 Years

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Charlotte Rampling — 45 Years

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Mark Rylance — Bridge of Spies


DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: George Miller — Mad Max: Fury Road

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy — Spotlight

BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Tom Hardy — Legend, London Road, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant

BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Saoirse Ronan — Brooklyn, Lost River




TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Ed Lachman, cinematography — Carol



Six Film4 titles score a record 15 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Director for Room

14 Jan, 2016 Productions Posted in: Academy Awards, Awards

Six Film4-backed films received a record 15 Oscar nominations for the 88th annual awards ceremony, which will air live on 28th February 2016, including Best Picture and Best Director nominations for Room.

“We are deeply grateful that the Academy and its members have embraced our films Carol, Room, Ex Machina, 45 Years, Youth and Amy and recognised the extraordinary talent and creativity in bringing them to audiences far and wide. 15 nominations across the films is an amazing validation of our belief in the potential of these bold, inspirational stories we championed at Film4. It’s enormously rewarding to see everyone’s hard work and creativity illuminated by an Oscar nomination and I am delighted to see so many of our friends and partners honoured today. Congratulations to you all – it’s very well deserved,” said David Kosse, Director of Film4.

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Amongst the films backed by Film4, Todd Haynes’ CAROL received 6 nominations including Best Actress for Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress for Rooney Mara, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Lenny Abrahamson’s Room received 4 nominations including Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for Brie Larson and Best Adapted Screenplay for Emma Donoghue.


Alex Garland’s Ex Machina received 2 nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Achievement in Visual Effects.

AMY was nominated for Best Documentary Feature and Charlotte Rampling was nominated for Best Actress for her role in 45 YEARS. Paolo Sorrentino’s YOUTH received a nomination for Best Original Song.



Film4-backed films Oscar® nominations in full:



Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett
Actress in a Supporting Role: Rooney Mara
Adapted Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy
Achievement in Cinematography: Ed Lachman
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original score): Carter Burwell
Achievement in Costume Design: Sandy Powell



Best Motion Picture of the Year: Ed Guiney
Achievement in Directing: Lenny Abrahamson
Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson
Adapted Screenplay: Emma Donoghue


Original Screenplay: Alex Garland
Achievement in Visual Effects: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett


Actress in a Leading Role: Charlotte Rampling


Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original song): Simple Song # 3, music and lyrics by David Lang


Best Documentary Feature: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees