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.

Andrew Haigh's 45 Years

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)

The Imposter producer Dimitri Doganis on the film’s lifecycle

As The Imposter garners two Bafta nominations and is released on BluRay and DVD, producer Dimitri Doganis reflects on the film’s journey from inception to awards recognition.

The Imposter’s recent nominations for Best Documentary and for Outstanding Debut were the latest installments of a pretty amazing journey we have been on with the film as first-time film-makers. It was about this time last year that the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival – that evening felt like the end of the struggle to make the film and get it seen, little did I realise at the time it was the start of another cycle – the exhibition, promotion, discussion and (luckily!) celebration of the finished film.

Since then we have been lucky enough to get some amazing responses: Bart’s vision for the film has seen us get some great reviews almost across the board in the UK, US and elsewhere, we’ve been lucky enough to travel around the US and Europe to some amazing film festivals, and even picked up some awards at some of them (Miami, HotDocs in Toronto, Zurich, Cinema Eye Honors in New York).

One year later and the film is no longer in theatres, the DVD is out, and the cycle feels like it’s coming to an end. While I’ve made a lot of documentaries for TV, there is something very different about the experience of the last year. It’s amazing getting the instant feedback from the audience that the cinema allows, but it is also a surprisingly long road to travel – and not just in terms of air miles. From Sundance to the US release and then the UK release, the various film festivals, and the up and coming European premiers, it’s a very drawn-out and time-consuming process!

I am not complaining – I think I’m incredibly lucky to be here, and live in hope that I’ll get to repeat the process with the next film. Bart is being inundated with Hollywood scripts, and there are suddenly all sorts of doors opening. I can see how easy it would be to be distracted by what seem like amazing opportunities, but we are already pretty deep into the next film – another true story you couldn’t make up – and so I guess the cycle is about to start again. I can’t wait…

Click here to read director Bart Layton’s blog about screening The Imposter at SXSW

Click here to buy The Imposter on DVD from Amazon