For Sama emerges as the first documentary to win the top prize at the BIFAs
by Kaleem Aftab
- Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ film and The Personal History of David Copperfield were the big winners at the 22nd British Independent Film Awards
The Syrian Civil War documentary For Sama [+see also:
interview: Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
film profile] picked up four awards at the BIFAs: Best British Independent Film (making it the first doc ever to snag this particular accolade), Best Director for co-directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, Best Documentary and Best Editing. Accepting the awards, al-Kateab reminded the audience of the ongoing struggle to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power as well as Britain’s responsibility in the current conflict. She also added that she is making another film on the Syrian crisis.
Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield [+see also:
film profile] ended the night with five gongs. The adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel won Best Screenplay for Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, and Best Supporting Actor for Hugh Laurie, as well as three awards in the craft categories, for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Casting.
Shola Amoo’s adolescent tale The Last Tree [+see also:
interview: Shola Amoo
film profile] won two awards, Best Supporting Actress for Ruthxjiah Bellenea and Most Promising Newcomer for its lead, Sam Adewunmi.
The IVF drama Only You [+see also:
film profile] won Best Debut Director for Harry Wootliff and Best Actor for Josh O’Connor. Kate Byers and Linn Waite won the Breakthrough Producer Award for Mark Jenkin’s Cornish fisherman drama Bait [+see also:
interview: Mark Jenkin
The outgoing CEO of the BFI, Amanda Nevill, collected the Special Jury Prize, and Kristin Scott Thomas took home the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film.
Here is the list of the 2019 BIFA winners:
Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts - For Sama
For Sama - Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Best Supporting Actor
Hugh Laurie - The Personal History of David Copperfield
Most Promising Newcomer
Sam Adewunmi - The Last Tree
Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
Harry Wootliff - Only You
Best British Short
Anna - Dekel Berenson (UK/Ukraine/Israel)
Best International Independent Film
Parasite - Bong Joon-ho (South Korea)
Best Costume Design
Suzie Harman, Robert Worley - The Personal History of David Copperfield
Chloe Lambourne, Simon McMahon - For Sama
Best Make-up and Hair Design
Jeremy Woodhead - Judy
Best Production Design
Cristina Casali - The Personal History of David Copperfield
David Bowtle-McMillan, Joakim Sundström, Robert Farr - Beats
Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film
Kristin Scott Thomas
Special Jury Prize
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