'Tyrannosaur' takes top prize at British Independent Film Awards
"Tyrannosaur," a drama about a rage-filled man who finds redemption thanks to a charity store worker, on Sunday was named best film at the British Independent Film Awards. Olivia Colman won lead actress and Paddy Considine also earned the Douglas Hickox Award for debut director for the film.
Michael Fassbender won the lead actor award for his performance as a sex addict in "Shame."
Best director went to Lynne Ramsay for "We Need to Talk About Kevin," a drama about a woman with a troubled son.
Veteran Vanessa Redgrave was named supporting actress for her role as the lead character's mother in "Coriolanus," based on the Shakespeare classic.
Michael Smiley won for supporting actor for the horror thriller "Kill List." And Richard Ayoade won for his screenplay of "Submarine," a comedy about a 15-year-old boy.
Best achievement in production went to the gay love story "Weekend."
"Senna," a documentary about the late Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, was named best British documentary. Iran's "A Separation" earned the award for best foreign independent film. And Tom Cullen, who starred in "Weekend," won most promising newcomer.
Special awards were also handed out Sunday. Ralph Fiennes, whose feature directorial debut, "Coriolanus," opened Friday, earned the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes "outstanding contribution to British film by an actor." Kenneth Branagh, currently in "My Week With Marilyn," received the Variety Award, which "recognizes an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the U.K."
Other awards handed out Sunday:
Raindance Award: "Leaving Baghdad"
Short film: "Chalk"
Special jury award: Graham Easton
Technical achievement: Maria Djurkovic for production design for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
The awards were held at the Old Billingsgate Market in London.
-- Susan King
Photo: Peter Mullan stars in "Tyrannosaur." Credit: Stran Releasing.