Pot Noodles all round for the God’s Own Country cast and crew as the bracing British movie is up for a mighty 11 nominations at the British Independent Film Awards 2017. Nods include the crowning award for Best British Independent Film, and sees writer-director Francis Lee up for an impressive four nominations for Best Screenwriter, Best Director, Best Debut Screenwriter and The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director.
It’s win-win for the nominations for Best Actor as the dream duo leads Josh O’Conner and Alec Secareanu are both up for the prize and Ian Hart gets a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Producers Jack Tarling and Manon Ardisson are nominated for Breakthrough Producers and rounding off the shiny 11 nominations are nods for Best Casting and Best Sound.
Other BIFA nomination front runners include the deliciously dark Lady Macbeth with a hefty 15 nominations, including Best Actress for Florence Pugh and Best Director for William Aldroyd. Showing up for The Party is Patricia Clarkson who deservedly gets a nom for Best Supporting Actress for her zinger filled turn in Sally Potter’s latest cinematic gem.
Other worthy titles peppering the list of this year’s greatest home grown films are Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not A Witch, Armando Iannucci’s The Death Of Stalin (both with 13 nominations each) and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which scooped an 11 nominations for its darkly comic drama starring Frances McDormand.
Anyone who saw the lineup at London Film Festival will surely agree that debut features are having a stella year. This year’s BIFA nominations support that theory with the majority of front runners being the brainchilds of new kids on the block.
Actor and writer Mark Gatiss will host the award ceremony which takes place on Sunday 10 December in London and will see a total of 35 British films celebrated for their excellence. Watch this space.