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

Film4-backed films receive a record 22 BAFTA nominations

08 Jan, 2016 Productions Posted in: Awards, Bafta

With a total of 22 nominations in this year’s BAFTAs, Film4 films have received more BAFTA nominations than ever before.

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Todd Haynes’ Carol receives nine nominations, joint top of all films nominated in this year’s awards, including nods in the Best Film category as well as for Cate Blanchett for Best Actress and Todd Haynes for Best Director. Rooney Mara also receives a nomination for Best Supporting Actress alongside Phyllis Nagy for Best Adapted Screenplay.


Alex Garland’s Ex_Machina receives five nominations in total. Nominated for Outstanding British Film, Alex Garland is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Alicia Vikander for Best Supporting Actress.

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Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years

Of the five films nominated in the Outstanding British Film category, four are Film4-backed films: Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, Asif Kapadia’s Amy (which is also nominated for Best Documentary), Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and Alex Garland’s Ex_Machina.

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For Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Brie Larson is nominated in the Best Actress category (as well as for the Rising Star award) while Emma Donoghue is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Debbie Tucker Green is also recognised in the Best Debut Feature category for Second Coming.

David Kosse, Director of Film4, says: “We are delighted that seven of our films have been honoured with a record number of BAFTA nominations this morning. They are a perfect example of the bold, inspirational voices that Film4 is known for backing – each film has been expertly crafted by exceptionally gifted writers, filmmakers and actors. It is enormously gratifying to see our belief in their unique talent recognised by BAFTA and its members in this way. Congratulations to all the filmmakers and all our many partners who helped bring these extraordinarily films into being.”

Film4 BAFTA nominations in full:

Best Film: Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley
Director: Todd Haynes
Adapted Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy
Leading Actress: Cate Blanchett
Supporting Actress: Rooney Mara
Cinematography: Ed Lachman
Production Design: Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
Costume Design: Sandy Powell
Make Up & Hair: Jerry DeCarlo, Patricia Regan

Ex Machina
Outstanding British Film: Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Alex Garland (Director)
Original Screenplay: Alex Garland
Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander
Special Visual Effects: Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst

Adapted Screenplay: Emma Donoghue
Leading Actress: Brie Larson
Rising Star: Brie Larson

Outstanding British Film: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
Documentary: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees

45 Years
Outstanding British Film: Andrew Haigh, Tristan Goligher

The Lobster
Outstanding British Film: Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthimis Filippou

Second Coming
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Debbie Tucker Green (Writer/Director)

Film4-backed films receive 41 nominations at the BIFAs

03 Nov, 2015 Productions Posted in: Actors and Actresses, Awards, BIFA

Film4 has received a total of 41 nominations for the films it has backed at this year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), with the nomination lists for the Best British Film and Best Director awards consisting entirely of Film4-backed talent and films.

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Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster tops the list with seven nominations. Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth each receive six nominations while Alex Garland’s Ex Machina and Asif Kapadia’s Amy garnered five nominations each. Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette and Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise have four nominations each.



Film4 films make up the entirety of the nominations for the Best British Independent Film award: 45 Years, Amy, Ex Machina, The Lobster and Macbeth. Similarly, the nominations for Best Director are all for Film4-backed films – Andrew Haigh, Asif Kapadia, Alex Garland, Yorgos Lanthimos and Justin Kurzel. And John Maclean is nominated for Best Debut Director for Slow West alongside Louise Osmond who is nominated in the Best Documentary category for her film Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance.

Film4 also dominates the Best Screenplay nominations with 45 Years, Ex­ Machina, High-Rise and The Lobster.



Carey Mulligan is nominated for Best Actress for her role in Suffragette alongside Charlotte Rampling for her role in 45 Years. Tom Courtenay (45 Years), Colin Farrell (The Lobster), Michael Fassbender (Macbeth) and Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise) are all nominated in the Best Actor category.

And last, but not least, in the Best International Independent Film category two of Film4′s most anticipated films are nominated. Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and Todd Haynes’ Carol, both of which are also generating much Academy Awards buzz across the pond.

David Kosse, Director of Film4, says: “I’m thrilled for all our filmmakers who have been nominated for this year’s BIFAs. These awards are vital in highlighting and recognising the work of independent British filmmaking talent and Film4 is immensely proud to have been involved in all of these projects. Good luck to all those nominated.”

The BIFAs are held on 6th December 2015 at Old Billingsgate in central London. 


Dark Horse: Postcard from Sundance

Dark Horse director Louise Osmond on visiting Sundance for the first time, where her film premiered to critical acclaim and won the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary.

Dark Horse: winner of the Audience Awards for World Documentary at Sundance

Dark Horse: winner of the Audience Awards for World Documentary at Sundance

Sundance has such a romance attached to it – the original indie festival – and I’m glad to say it genuinely lives up to its reputation. There is some madness out there – a swanky crowd who gather on the main street of Park City and swarm over celebrities like Chris Pine (we saw the swarm snaking down the road but not the man inside.)

But most of it is people who love film watching everything they can and a very warm atmosphere that gets film teams together in brunches and lunches and events that remind you why you love the job you do.

The producer, Judith Dawson and editor, Joby Gee were out there too and, nervous as cats, we waited for the premiere. Joby had one of his trademark fantastic/horrible shirts on – brown and blue dancing horses in 100% vintage rayon. Laughing at him proved oddly calming.  Coming out here, I’d thought – worried – a lot about whether American audiences would take to the story. In Park City, listening in the dark to every sigh or cough it seemed like they did but at a screening in Salt Lake City the next day it was louder and easier to read. They did seem to take to it and better still what they loved most about our fantastic characters – Jan and Brian, Howard and the others – was their spirit of defiance.

People will sometimes tell you America is a classless society but that news hasn’t reached Utah. Taking on the elite sport of kings with a horse bred on a slagheap allotment seemed to resonate very strongly with them. One man said: ‘Good to see people who aren’t respected getting the respect they deserve.’  Can’t argue with that.

Read more about Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance