Raindance 2017 films nominated for British Independent Film Awards

Congratulations to feature films In Another Life, Isolani, and short film Work for receiving British Independent Film Awards nominations! All three films were screened at the 25th Raindance Film Festival, and we are excited to see them continue their journey and garner recognition.

 

In Another Life

Nominated for the Discovery Award at the British Independent Film Awards.

In Another Life, from debut director Jason Wingard, follows the harrowing journey of a Syrian refugee struggling to reunite with his wife.

After being forced to flee war-torn Syria, Adnan and his wife Bana are separated on route through France. Adnan faces the crippling challenge of living in ‘The Jungle’. His only option is to risk his life in a series of desperate attempts to cross the channel, hoping he will be reunited with his wife. Set against the backdrop of the refugee camp known as ‘The Jungle’ in Calais the film combines documentary footage and real-life interviews with a dramatic narrative to give a voice to refugees that are seldom heard.

In Another Life had its World Premiere at Raindance Film Festival 2017, where it won the Best UK Feature award.

Isolani

Nominated for the Discovery Award at the British Independent Film Awards.

From writer/director R. Paul Wilson, Scottish thriller Isolani is the story of a mother fighting to protect her son after witnessing a murder.

After she witnesses a brutal murder, a young single mother becomes a pawn in a deadly game of deception. To protect her son and start a new life, she must outwit an ambitious prosecutor, a corrupt detective and a desperate killer. Fantastic acting, clever lighting and cinematography help maintain a creeping tension from beginning to end in this edge-of-seat film.

Isolani had its World Premiere at Raindance Film Festival 2017, where it was nominated for Best UK Feature.

 

Work

Nominated for the Best British Short Film award at the British Independent Film Awards.

A teenager’s perspective of the world around her begins to shift as she is confronted with its capacity for injustice.

Work was nominated for Best UK Short at Raindance Film Festival 2017.

Work

The winners will be announced at the British Independent Film Awards ceremony on Sunday 10 December.

Click here to see the full list of BIFA 2017 nominees

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The 2017 British Independent Film Awards New Talents Longlist

On 24 October 2017, the BIFA announced the longlists for four new talent categories: Debut Director, Best Debut Screenwriter, Breakthrough Producer, and Most Promising Newcomer. The longlisted films are competing for nomination slots, which will be officially announced by Maisie Williams and Hayley Squires on 1 November. The winners of the 20th anniversary of the awards will be announced on 10 December at Old Billingsgate.

Of the 31 total longlisted films, five are in the writing, directing, and producing categories; these films include Bad Day for the Cut, God’s Own Country, I Am Not a Witch, Lady Macbeth, and Pin Cushion.

Lady Macbeth is the only film boasting two performers longlisted in the Most Promising Newcomer category – Cosmo Jarvis and Naomi Ackie. In the period drama set in rural nineteenth-century England, Jarvis, a mixed-race American-born English-raised actor, plays an estate worker; Ackie, a black English actor, plays an observant maid named Anna. Lady Macbeth premiered at TIFF in September 2016 and subsequently screened at BFI and Sundance.

Chris Baugh’s debut feature, Bad Day for the Cut, is a witty and violent Belfast-set revenge thriller which premiered at Sundance in January. Nigel O’Neill is up for the Most Promising Newcomer Award for his portrayal of Donal, a middle-aged Irish farmer who seeks revenge on her mother’s murderer.

Francis Lee’s directorial debut, God’s Own Country, portrays a young Yorkshire sheep farmer’s romance with a Romanian migrant worker. This is one of the more decorated films of the longlist – at Sundance, Lee won the World Cinematic Dramatic Directing Award and the drama won Best Film at both Berlin and Edinburgh.

Welsh-Zambian director Rugano Nyoni premiered her debut feature I Am Not a Witch at Cannes in May. Nyoni interweaves feminism with satire while channelling experiences from her upbringing into the telling of a young Zambian girl’s accusation of witchcraft and resultant removal from her village.

Writer-director Deborah Haywood’s first feature, Pin Cushion, opened Venice’s Critic’s Week in late August. The coming-of-age film revolves around the fragile and unsettling relationship between a single mother, Lyn, and her teenage daughter, Iona. Iona is played by Lily Newmark, a British-American actor longlisted for Most Promising Newcomer.

You can view BIFA’s press release which details the complete list of longlisted films here.

Fancy attending the British Independent Film Awards on 10 December 2017? Become a Raindance Benefactor to get a seat at this invite-only event.

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A British reporter got a tip-off about ‘big news’ 25 minutes before JFK was shot

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas on 22 November 1963 is the mother of all conspiracy theories. 

So even small events that preceded the murder, contained in the fresh batch of JFK files just published on the U.S. government’s site, take a sinister, prescient light. 

A memo from the C.I.A.’s deputy director (Plans), James Angleton, refers to an anonymous phone call that senior reporter from local paper the Cambridge Evening News, received just 25 minutes before the president was shot.  Read more…

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‘Broadchurch’ is the best British crime show you’re not watching

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If you like your crime shows bleak, British and full of David Tennant snapping grumpily at people, then you need to start watching Broadchurch.

The ITV drama — which was insanely popular in Britain when the first season was broadcast back in 2013 — has just gotten stuck into its third season. At the time of writing, we’re three episodes in.

Every time a new season of Broadchurch starts, I become achingly obsessed with it. The characters are great, the acting is flawless, and there’s always a messy central mystery that keeps you guessing until the very last minute. Read more…

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Julian Barratt Stars in First UK Trailer for British Cop Spoof ‘Mindhorn’

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“You can’t hide the truth from Mindhorn.” Get ready for this. An official trailer has debuted for a British cop spoof movie titled Mindhorn, which actually premiered at the London Film Festival last year. Surprising for a spoof comedy, but that must mean this is way better than expected. Mindhorn is about a washed-up actor named Richard Thorncroft, played by comedian Julian Barratt, who played “Mindhorn” on a 1980s detective show. He has a bionic eye that allows him to literally “see the truth”, which is why he has the eye patch. Set in the current day, the film is about Mindhorn returning to the Isle of Man to take on the job of working as a real private detective. This also stars Andrea Riseborough, Essie Davis, Russell Tovey, Simon Farnaby, David Schofield, Nicholas Farrell, Simon Callow, and Steve Coogan. Have fun. ›››

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British protesters think they’ve kept Trump out for a few more months

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British anti-Trump campaigners are declaring victory after reports that his state visit to the UK has been postponed amid fears that he would face angry protests in the streets. 

The U.S. president was due to travel to the UK in early summer. 

But The Sun newspaper quoted an anonymous government source as saying that Trump has agreed to delay the visit until October. 

“Trump still really wants to come this year, but he wants the heat to die down a bit first,” the source said. 

“The White House watch what happens over here surprisingly closely, and they don’t want to create a scene for our sake either.” Read more…

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2017 BAFTA Winners: ‘La La Land’ Takes Home Plenty of British Awards Too

2017 BAFTA Winners - La La Land

Just in case you thought La La Land was just an obsession of American critics and film industry insiders, the British equivalent of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just handed out the BAFTAs (which are basically the Oscars across the pond), and the musical from director Damien Chazelle took home plenty of awards with nary a competitor coming close to rivaling it.

La La Land took home several big awards, including Best Film and Best Director, and it snagged a few other trophies too. Lion also had a decent showing, while the rest of the awards had their love spread out over a great variety of films. Get the full list of 2017 BAFTA winners after the jump.

Other unexpected wins include Casey Affleck taking home Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea (which also won Best Original Screenpay) and Viola Davis winning Best Supporting Actress for Fences. One surprising win though came from Dev Patel, landing Best Supporting Actor for Lion. That category seems to be one of the hardest to predict this year across with board, so it’ll be interesting to see who gets the Oscar in that section this year.

Lion also took home Best Adapted Screenplay, so the film could end up making a bigger showing at the Oscars than some might think. It’s nominated for Best Picture, and while no one thinks it has a chance at beating La La Land, that doesn’t mean other awards are out of its reach. The same can be said for Manchester by the Sea as well.

Frankly, I’m still hoping Moonight is the one to start upsetting La La Land (though I love both equally), but that wasn’t going to happen at the BAFTAs since it only just got a limited release in the United Kingdom this past weekend and doesn’t have nearly as much buzz over there.

Anyway, here’s the full 2017 BAFTA winners list, with each winner bolded.

Best Film
Arrival
I, Daniel Blake
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Outstanding British Film
American Honey
Denial
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
I, Daniel Blake
Notes on Blindness
Under the Shadow

Best Director
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Best Leading Actress
Amy Adams, Arrival
Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Leading Actor
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nocturnal Animals
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Best Supporting Actor
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals
Dev Patel, Lion
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress
Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Viola Davis, Fences

Best Adapted Screenplay
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hidden Figures
Lion
Nocturnal Animals

Best Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water
I, Daniel Blake
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Outstanding Debut
Mike Carey (Writer), Camille Gatin (Producer) — The Girl With All the Gifts
George Amponsah (Writer/Director/Producer), Dionne Walker (Writer/Producer) — The Hard Stop
Pete Middleton (Writer/Director/Producer), James Spinney (Writer/Director), Jo-Jo Ellison (Producer) — Notes on Blindness
John Donnelly (Writer), Ben A. Williams (Director) — The Pass
Babak Anvari (Writer/Director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (Producers) — Under the Shadow

Best Film Not in the English Language
Dheepan
Julieta
Mustang
Son of Saul
Toni Erdmann

Best Documentary
13th
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
The Eagle Huntress
Notes on Blindness
Weiner

Best Animated Film
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
Zootropolis

Best Cinematography
Arrival
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Lion
Nocturnal Animals

Best Editing
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Nocturnal Animals
Manchester by the Sea

Best Make Up and Hair
Florence Foster Jenkins
Doctor Strange
Hacksaw Ridge
Nocturnal Animals
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Costume Design
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Best Production Design
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Nocturnal Animals

Best Special Visual Effects
Arrival
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Jungle Book
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Original Music
Arrival
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Nocturnal Animals

Best Sound
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Best British Short Film
Consumed
Home
Mouth of Hell
The Party
Standby

Best British Short Animation
The Alan Dimension
A Love Story
Tough

The EE Rising Star Award
Anya Taylor-Joy
Laia Costa
Lucas Hedges
Tom Holland
Ruth Negga

The Academy Awards winners in the United States will be announced on February 26 on ABC.

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