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Two new British films dealing with the lives of rock musicians – the drama Control and the documentary The Future is Unwritten – have been recognised at this year’s British Independent Film Awards, the BIFAs, whose focus is not as ‘film establishment’ as the BAFTAs.

Debuting feature film director Anton Corbijn has won the top BAFI accolades with his Ian Curtis biopic, Control, while the more experienced Julien Temple’s doco on Joe Strummer also gaining kudos. The only ‘foreigner’ to intrude on this very English affair is Viggo Mortensen, awarded for his role in Eastern Promises, a British film.

Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, BIFA co-directors say: “A decade ago, the need for an awards ceremony that celebrated British independent film talent was identified. We are now ten years on and BIFA has grown to celebrate the increasingly diverse range of talent out there. This year’s winners are no exception to this rule with Anton Corbijn winning the Douglas Hickox award and Judi Dench winning Best Actress.”

John Woodward, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council, the major funding partner of the BIFAs says: "This year's nominations and award winners really highlight the outstanding talent working in the UK with beautiful and thought provoking films made by both established and emerging filmmakers. The BIFAs are a great champion for the British film industry celebrating excellence and originality in independent filmmaking."

Best British Independent Film

Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film
Judi Dench for Notes on a Scandal

Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film
Viggo Mortensen for Eastern Promises

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor or Actress in a British Independent Film
Toby Kebbell for Control

Most Promising Newcomer
Sam Riley for Control

Best Screenplay
Patrick Marber for Notes on a Scandal

Best Director of a British Independent Film
Anton Corbijn for Control

Best Achievement In Production
Black Gold

The Douglas Hickox Award
Anton Corbijn for Control

Best British Documentary
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

Best Technical Achievement
Mark Tildesley for Sunshine (for Production Design)

Best British Short Film
Dog Altogether

Best Foreign Independent Film
The Lives of Others

The Raindance Award
The Inheritance [2007]

The Richard Harris Award
Ray Winstone

The Special Jury Prize
Andi Engel, Pamela Engel, Robert Beeson (Artificial Eye)

The Variety Award
Daniel Craig

Published December 6, 2007

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Sam Riley, Control

Anton Corbijn, director Control

Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal

Viggo Mortensen,
Eastern Promises

Daniel Craig

The Lives of Others

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