‘After Love’ dominates the British Independent Film Awards with six wins

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Aleem Khan’s directorial debut ‘After Love’ topped the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) with six wins.

The film, in which a recently widowed woman accepts a shocking secret about her husband’s life, won Best British Independent Film, presented by Kate Beckinsale. Khan won three more BIFAs – Best Director, Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director and Best Screenplay, Joanna Scanlan winning Best Actress and Talid Ariss Best Supporting Actor for their performances in the film.

Adeel Akhtar won Best Actor for his role in Clio Barnard’s Forbidden Love Story ‘Ali & Ava’ which also saw Connie Farr and Harry Escott win Best Music.

The Best Supporting Actress award went to Vinette Robinson for her work in Philip Barantini’s one-shot restaurant cooking drama “Boiling Point,” which also received awards for Carolyn McLeod for Best Cast. , Matthew Lewis for Best Cinematography and James Drake, Rob Entwistle and Kiff McManus for Best Sound.

Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s ‘Flee’, the lively, real-life story of a refugee childhood’s hidden past, won Best International Independent Film.

The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Cinema went to ‘Sound of Metal’ actor Riz Ahmed. The actor, who also writes and produces, thanked all his mentors in the industry. He was visibly moved when he thanked his family.

“My family told me everything there was to know about storytelling and acting,” Ahmed said. “I want to thank my wife for teaching me that telling a story is about opening your heart. I want to thank my sister for being so dramatic.

“I want to thank my brother who faced so many demons for me, real and imagined,” Ahmed said. “And I want to thank my parents who taught me every day by example, what it is to tell a story, what it is to act. And the way they showed me that was every day five times a day they stood before the Creator, before creativity itself, and emptied the ego and let something greater than them and other than them take its place. And that’s what it is to tell a story.

Ahmed’s eight-minute speech earned him a standing ovation.

Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast,” which had scored 11 nominations, went home empty-handed.

The awards took place at an in-person event on Sunday at Old Billingsgate, London, hosted by Asim Chaudhry.

2021 BIFA WINNERS

The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Cinema
Rice Ahmad

The Special Jury Prize
Raising Movies

Best British Independent Film
“After Love” – ​​Aleem Khan, Matthieu De Braconier

Best Director
Aleem Khan – “After Love”

Best Actress
Joanna Scanlan – “After Love”

Best Supporting Actress
Vinette Robinson – “Boiling Point”

The Douglas Hickox Prize
(Best First Director)
Aleem Khan – “After Love”

Revolutionary performance
Nell Barlow – “Honey”

Best Intermission Sponsored Documentary
“Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché” – Paul Sng, Celeste Bell, Zoë Howe, Rebecca Mark-lawson, Matthew Silverman, Daria Nitsche

Best Screenplay Sponsored by BBC Film
Aleem Khan – “After Love”

Best actor
Adeel Akhtar – “Ali & Ava”

Best Supporting Actor
Talid Ariss – “After Love”

Revolutionary producer sponsored by Pinewood Studio Group
Michelle Antoniades – “Honey”

Best First Screenwriter sponsored by Film4
Cathy Brady – “Forest Fires”

The Raindance Discovery Prize
“Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché” – Paul Sng, Celeste Bell, Zoë Howe, Rebecca Mark-lawson, Matthew Silverman, Daria Nitsche

Best British Short Supported by BFI Network
“Woman” – Sam H. Freeman, Ng Choon Ping, Sam Riztenberg, Hayley Williams, Rienjke Attoh

Best international independent film sponsored by Champagne Taittinger
“Flee” – Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Amin Nawabi, Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen

Best Cast Sponsored by Spotlight & Casting Society
Carolyn McLeod – “Boiling Point”

Best Cinematography sponsored by Dirty Looks & Kodak
Matthew Lewis – “Boiling Point”

Best Costume Design
Grace Snell – “The Memory, Part II”

Best Music Sponsored by Universal Music Publishing
Connie Farr, Harry Escot – “Ali and Ava”

Best Effects
Steven Bray, Mike Knights, Dan Martin, Leigh Cranston – “Dashcam”

Best Editing
Helle Le Fevre – “The Memory Part II”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Vickie Lang, Kristyan Mallett, Donald Mcinnes – “The Electric Life of Louis Wain”

Best Production Design
Stéphane Collonge – “Remembrance Part II”

Best sound supported by Halo
James Drake – “Boiling Point”

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