‘After Love’ tops British Independent Film Awards – Deadline
that of Aleem Khan After Love topped the 2021 British Independent Film Awards, winning a total of six awards, including Best British Independent Film.
Khan also won the Best Director Award and the Douglas Hickox Award for Best First Director, as well as Best Screenplay. Joanna Scanlan won the Best Actress award and Talid Ariss won the Best Supporting Actor award for their roles in the film.
Set in the port city of Dover, the film follows Mary Hussain who suddenly finds herself widowed following the unexpected death of her husband. A day after the funeral, she discovers that he has a secret just twenty-one miles across the Channel in Calais.
Khan said at the ceremony, “What the hell is this ?! … Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen tonight. My mom, dad and family are going to go crazy. This film, at the base, is about strangers who see each other. “
The ceremony, presented this year by Asim Chaudhry, saw Adeel Akhtar win the Best Actor award for his turn in Clio Barnard Ali and Ava, which also received Best Music for Connie Farr and Harry Escott.
The award for Best Supporting Actress went to Vinette Robinson for Boiling point, which won awards for Best Cast (Carolyn McCleod), Best Cinematography (Matthew Lewis) and Best Sound (James Drake, Rob Entwistle and Kiff McManus).
Jonas Poher Rasmussen To flee, the animated documentary hybrid, won the award for best international independent film. Riz Ahmed, an executive producer on Oscar-winning, called the film a “timely story of refugees and immigration.” As previously announced, Ahmed received this year’s Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Cinema.
Ahmed, who received a standing ovation, cried through the night, admitting to approaching the donor with a mixture of “celebration and suspicion”. The Star wars The actor said he decided to accept the award as “an incentive for what is to come”. He thanked a roll call from UK directors including Michael Winterbottom and Chris Morris for proving that “geniuses are not assholes, they are really fun to be around”. He reserved the highest praise for his family, who he said taught him the “value of storytelling.”
Director Yann Demange said of Ahmed: “He created a space for a whole generation to come behind him. He made room for others and continues to do so.
Breakthrough Performance went to Nell Barlow, star of Marley Morrison’s UK holiday park, who made his Majority debut Dear, who also won the Breakthrough Producer Award for Michelle Antoniades who joked that the film was “made with a lot of love and a ten pound note”.
Cathy Brady won the award for Best First Writer for Fires, and Paul Sng and Celeste Bell’s Poly styrene: I’m a cliché won the award for best documentary. Finally, the best British short film went to Women, while the Special Jury Prize went to the organization Raising Films, which supports and campaigns for parents and carers working in the UK screen sector. The organization received a standing ovation, telling the crowd, “Parents and caregivers, we see you. And now we know the BIFAs see you too.
The BIFA Craft Awards were previously announced, with Boiling point and The Remembrance Part II take three pieces.
Andreas Wiseman contributed to this report.