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'American Honey' triumphs in UK film awards

Monday, December 05, 2016 - 02:19

'American Honey, and 'I, Daniel Blake' scoop prizes at British Independent Film Awards in London. Saskia O'Donoghue reports.

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Despite low temperatures outside, spirits were high in London's Billingsgate Market, where the crème de la crème of the UK's film industry celebrated independently funded British film and cinema. Film stars such as Jennifer Saunders, Stephen Merchant and Jamie Dornan attended the event. Nominee Gemma Arterton explained why The BIFAs are so loved by British talent. SOUNDBITE: ACTRESS, GEMMA ARTERTON (English), SAYING: "I love this one because it is all your mates and like really nice people, not pretentious people, like genuinely it is like a fun night. And you can drink at dinner, it is great." Michael Fassbender was all smiles on the red carpet but then said he felt rather blue about Brexit. SOUNDBITE ACTOR MICHAEL FASSBENDER (English) , SAYING: REPORTER: "...after Brexit, how do you feel?" MICHAEL FASSBENDER "Little sad..." Nominated for best actor in the film 'Trespass Against Us' where he plays a criminal, the actor said he committed a petty crime in his twenties: SOUNDBITE: (English) ACTOR MICHAEL FASSBENDER, SAYING: "I stole multi-vitamins," REPORTER: "Aged?" MICHAEL FASSBENDER: "Probably 20. I was at drama school." Fassbender lost in the best actor category to 60 year old newcomer Dave Johns, the lead of Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake'. SOUNDBITE: (English) ACTOR DAVE JOHNS, SAYING: "How did I manage to do that? Bribery. I got them all in the toilets and I said: 'You'd better let me win'." His cast mate Hayley Squires received the most promising newcomer title and Ken Loache himself explained the secret of his award-winning casting. SOUNDBITE: (English) DIRECTOR KEN LOACH, SAYING: "That is what is extraordinary, I mean, most people you meet are good and a lot of people are extraordinary and there is a question of finding the extraordinary one that happens to fit the part. There is clarity about the good ones, you know? And everyone can see it. It is not, it is not mystical. You'd spot them." But the real winner if the night was Andrea Arnold's "American Honey" which scooped award the most awards overall - including the Best Independent British Film gong.

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'American Honey' triumphs in UK film awards

Monday, December 05, 2016 - 02:19