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The 2019 British Independent Film Awards Interviews & Winners

Last night Old Billingsgate in London played host to the 22nd annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), the yearly celebration of some of the most unique voices in film. It was a pleasure to be on the red carpet and talk to the likes of Asa Butterfield, Sam Adewunmi, Jessie Buckley and Armando Iannucci, and you can find all of our interviews below the list of winners announced on the night.

The phenomenal documentary For Sama won four awards including Best British Independent Film, while Armando Iannucci’s festival favourite The Personal History of David Copperfield took home five. A sadly-absent Renée Zellweger won Best Actress for her portrayal of Judy Garland, while The Last Tree’s Ruthxjiah Bellenea won the Best Supporting Actress award. Currently seen in Netflix’s The Crown as Prince Charles, Josh O’Connor won Best Actor.

There’s a full list of the winners from the
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‘For Sama’ wins top prize at 2019 BIFAs

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‘For Sama’ wins top prize at 2019 BIFAs
The Personal History Of David Copperfield’ finished with five awards, the highest of the night, from 11 nominations.

For Sama and The Personal History Of David Copperfield were the big winners at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

The ceremony was hosted by actress and comedian Aisling Bea and held at London’s Old Billingsgate tonight (Dec 1).

Syrian civil war documentary For Sama scooped the night’s top prize, best British independent film, as well as best director for Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, best documentary, and best editing at the previously announced craft awards last month.

The Personal History Of David Copperfield
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Wild Rose's blooming great night at Scots BAFTAs by Amber Wilkinson - 2019-11-04 13:43:22

Jessie Buckley in Wild Rose Photo: Neon Wild Rose was the big winner in the film department at last night's Scottish Baftas, taking home three awards.

Tom Harper film about a troubled Glasgwegian woman who dreams of making it big in Nashville, was named Best Film, while Nicole Taylor was awarded the Best Writer gong and star Jessie Buckley was crowned Best Actress.

Lorn Macdonald was named Best Actor for his role as teenager Spanner in Beats, which tells the story of two pals attempting to attend a rave in the Nineties.

The Fiction Director BAFTA went to Jon Baird for his Laurel and Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie.

The Animation award was won by Love, Death And Robots - Helping Hand, directed by Jon Yeo, Caleb Bouchard, while Hannah Currie, Beth Allan won the Short Film award for That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore.

The full list of film and TV
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‘Wild Rose’ scores hat-trick at Bafta Scotland awards

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‘Wild Rose’ scores hat-trick at Bafta Scotland awards
Other winners include ‘Stan & Ollie’ and ‘Beats’.

Musical drama Wild Rose hit a high note at the Bafta Scotland awards last night, winning all three prizes for which it was nominated.

Tom Harper’s film about a troubled young mother from Glasgow who dreams of being a country singer picked up the best actress award for Screen Star of Tomorrow Jessie Buckley.

The film, which received its world premiere at Toronto, also won best feature film and best writer for Nicole Taylor at the awards in Glasgow on Sunday night.

Jon S. Baird was named best director for biopic
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2019 British Indie Film Awards Nominations: ‘David Copperfield,’ Zellweger, and More

2019 British Indie Film Awards Nominations: ‘David Copperfield,’ Zellweger, and More
The nominations for the 2019 British Independent Film Awards have been revealed, and it was a huge morning for Armando Iannucci’s Charles Dickens adaptation “The Personal History of David Copperfield” and Tom Harper’s musical drama “Wild Rose.” “Copperfield” led all movies with 11 nominations, including Best British Indie Film, Best Actor for Dev Patel, and Best Screenplay for Iannucci and co-writer Simon Blackwell. Fox Searchlight has U.S. distribution rights to the movie and has announced a 2020 theatrical release.

Wild Rose,” which earned a second-best 10 nominations, will also compete for Best British Indie Film against “Bait,” “For Sama,” and “The Souvenir.” “Wild Rose” breakout Jessie Buckley landed a Best Actress nomination opposite Renee Zellweger for “Judy,” which Buckley just so happens to have a supporting role in.

While Zellweger landed in the Best Actress field (which she is widely expected to do all awards season thanks to her acclaimed leading
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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Leads 2019 Bifa Nominations

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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Leads 2019 Bifa Nominations
Armando Iannucci’s take on the Charles Dickens classic “David Copperfield” is a strong front-runner in the British Independent Film Awards, scoring 11 nominations.

Dev Patel is up for best actor for his starring role in “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” and his co-stars, Tilda Swinton and Hugh Laurie, compete in their respective supporting categories.

Wild Rose,” featuring Jessie Buckley as a rising singer, is also a major contender, with 10 nominations. Horror thriller “In Fabric” follows with nine, and Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir” with eight. Dance music feature “Beats,” biopic “Judy,” and documentaries “For Sama” and “Diego Maradona” landed five nods apiece.

British actors Naomi Ackie and Joe Cole unveiled the 2019 nominations in London on Wednesday.

Renee Zellweger gets a best actress nom for her turn as late-career Judy Garland. She will vie with Buckley, Holliday Grainger, Sally Hawkins and Vicky Knight for the award.

For the best actor prize,
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British Independent Film Awards: ‘The Personal History Of David Copperfield’ Leads Nominations – Full List

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British Independent Film Awards: ‘The Personal History Of David Copperfield’ Leads Nominations – Full List
Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History Of David Copperfield and Tom Harper’s Wild Rose lead the nominees pool for the 2019 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), which were unveiled in London this morning. Scroll down for the full list.

Copperfield has 11 nods including best film and director as well as actor for star Dev Patel. Wild Rose has 10 including best film and director, and actress for Jessie Buckley.

Peter Strickland’s In Fabric has nine and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, which is up for best film, has eight.

Judy missed out on best film but did take a nom for star Renee Zellweger and has five in total.

The best film category is completed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ Syria doc For Sama, and Mark Jenkin’s micro-budget Bait, which has been a surprise box office hit in the UK, grossing $520k.

Other notable nominees include Chiwetel Ejiofor,
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‘Wild Rose’ leads Bafta Scotland nominations

‘Wild Rose’ leads Bafta Scotland nominations
Musical drama secures hat-track of nominations including a best actress nod for Jessie Buckley.

Musical drama Wild Rose, featuring a breakout performance from Jessie Buckley, leads the pack at this year’s Bafta Scotland awards with three nominations.

Tom Harper’s film about a troubled young mother from Glasgow who dreams of being a country singer picked up a best actress nod for Screen Star of Tomorrow Buckley, best writer for Nicole Taylor and a nomination for best feature film.

The film took £2.89m at the UK box office when it was released in April, following a strong reaction at its Toronto world premiere.
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UK box office preview: 'Beats', 'John Wick 3' to open this weekend

UK box office preview: 'Beats', 'John Wick 3' to open this weekend
Other openers include ’Birds Of Passage’ and Fox’s Breakthrough.

Scottish 90s rave drama Beats and John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum begin their run at the UK box office this weekend, with Avengers: Endgame aiming to retake the number one crown it surprisingly lost to Pokémon Detective Pikachu last weekend.

Directed by Brian Welsh and based on writer Kieran Hurley’s play, Beats sees two best friends from different backgrounds in a small Scottish town in the summer of 1994. They head to an illegal rave which promises to be the best night of their lives, so long as the police
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90s-set rave drama Beats gets a new trailer

Ahead of its UK release next month, a trailer has arrived online for the 90s-set rave culture drama Beats. Directed by Brian Welsh, the film stars Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald as friends Johnno and Spanner who decide to spend one last night together at an illegal rave when a move forces them to part ways; watch it here…

See Also: Read our ★ ★ ★ ★ review of Beats here

Best mates Johnno and Spanner share a deep bond. Now on the cusp of adulthood, life is destined to take them in different directions – Johnno’s family are moving him to a new town and a better life, leaving Spanner behind to face a precarious future. In pursuit of adventure and escape the boys head out on one last night together to an illegal rave before parting ways indefinitely.

A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of gathering youth, set
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First UK Trailer for Scottish Party Film 'Beats' Produced by Soderbergh

"Rave to your grave...!" Altitude Films has debuted a dance-able official UK trailer for an indie film titled Beats, which premiered at the Slamdance and Rotterdam Film Festivals earlier this year. Set in the summer of 1994, the film is about two best mates from a small Scottish town who head out for one last night together before life takes them in different directions. Going to an illegal rave, the boys journey into an underworld of anarchy, freedom and collision with the law, as they share a night that they will never forget. Beats is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, and presented in black & white, which is a cool choice. The party film stars Cristian Ortega, Lorn Macdonald, Laura Fraser, and Brian Ferguson. This looks damn good, thanks to an excellently energetic trailer with some nice touches (and awesome vintage techno music). Here's the official UK trailer (+ poster) for Brian Welsh's Beats,
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Tom Hiddleston's Creepy and Confusing Chinese Centrum Commercial Goes Viral

Tom Hiddleston's Creepy and Confusing Chinese Centrum Commercial Goes Viral
Tom Hiddleston stars in a crazy Chinese Centrum commercial, and it has gone viral. Celebrities often head overseas to do commercials, but Hiddleston's latest ad for Centrum multivitamins is just plain weird. The commercial is optimized for mobile viewers and is shot in first person to look like, we the viewers, are the Infinity War actor's partner. We awake, stretch our arms, and head downstairs to find Hiddleston dressed in a suit cooking up some breakfast and making some creepy eye contact with us.

The Centrum commercial featuring Tom Hiddleston is a huge hit in China and for good reason. The ad plays off of the fantasies of some of the actor's biggest fans. "Many female fans often consider their idol their imaginary boyfriend or husband," says Professor Zhang Kuangjie of the Nanyang Technological University. Professor Zhang went on to note that the commercial can "make the fans feel like
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Beats Review – Gff 2019

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An adaptation to cinema of any kind is a challenge and it is no different for the closing film of this years’ Glasgow Film Festival, Beats.

Kieran Hurley’s stage play is set in a Scottish town that follows two best friends, Johnno (Cristian Ortega) and Spanner (Lorn MacDonald), in what is a coming of age film set against the backdrop of the ’90s rave scene.

Director Brian Welsh grabs your attention immediately with the films striking black and white display. It is set in a time of youth up-rise against the establishment in protest of The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 that makes “gatherings of people around music characterised wholly or pre-dominantly by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats” illegal.

This gives way to the pair in revolt following the path to an illegal rave in what you feel is their last big blowout together.

You
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2019 Glasgow Film Festival Review – Beats

Beats, 2019.

Directed by Brian Welsh.

Starring Cristian Ortega, Lorn Macdonald, Laura Fraser and Brian Ferguson.

Synopsis:

It’s Scotland, 1994. Two young friends in West Lothian with a love for techno head for one last night together, before life sends them their separate ways.

For all its horrific, stillborn visage and unforgiving portrait of drug culture, Trainspotting was a worldwide phenomenon, transcending its disturbing content to become a trademark viewing for everyone growing up in Scotland. Beats is another in a long-line of spiritual successors, but this feature is tuned into the power of repetitive beats and brotherhood rather than the floor-sinking aftermath of narcotics.

Played against the backdrop of Blair’s transformation of Britain, the film opens with a passage from The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act (1994), detailing that police can confiscate sound systems, harass party-goers, and most controversially of all, criminalising raves of fewer than a 100 people that
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Rotterdam Film Review: ‘Beats’

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A snappy, scrappy, straining-at-the-leash coming-of-ager from bleakest Scotland, Brian Welsh’s “Beats” takes place in 1994 — two years before the release of “Trainspotting,” though 23 years on, it feels like something of an heir to Danny Boyle’s Nineties yardstick. The same spirit of raggedly exuberant, techno-pumped nihilism courses through both films. It’s something of a jolt, then, to realize that while Boyle’s film was an of-the-moment youth revolt, “Beats” is an alternately wistful and furious period piece — looking back at an unstable, exciting era of Cool Britannia and incipient cultural liberation that stalled somewhere along the way to Brexit Britain. That’s the subtext, at least: the surface is a rollicking buddy movie, both funny and stomach-churning as it follows two gawky 15-year-old lads seeking a debauched sendoff to childhood.

The liveliest work to date from Scottish writer-director Welsh (following the feature “In Our Name” and some prominent TV
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Rotterdam Review: ‘Beats’ is a Techno-Fueled, Nostalgic Ode to Adolescence

What exactly are Johnno and Spanner? There are moments when the two Scottish teens hate each other’s guts with bilious fervor, others when they’re the “dream team and that,” inseparable and co-dependent best friends à la Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal in Y Tu Mamá También, others still when their bromance veers into an uncharted, emotionally complex terrain. Brian Welsh’s rollicking Beats thrives on these ambiguities, on a greater-than-life friendship between an introvert and his volcanic and beguilingly ruffian neighbor as they brace for a night out that’s likely to be their last–or at any rate, the last rave their central Scotland turf may ever host.

Based on a 2012 play by Keiran Hurley (here credited as co-script writer next to Welsh), Beats thrums with an unbridled energy that owes less to the massive party it culminates with than to the poignant relationship between the
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First-look clip from UK rave culture drama Beats

Altitude has unveiled the first clip from Beats, a coming of age drama set against the backdrop of the UK rave scene of the 1990s, which is directed by Brian Welsh (Black Mirror) and stars newcomers Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald alongside Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), Brian Ferguson (Outlander), Ross Mann (Reverb), Gemma McElhinney (Outlaw King), Amy Mason (Born To Run) and Rachel Jackson (The Party’s Just Beginning).

Best mates Johnno and Spanner (Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald in their feature film debuts) share a deep bond. Now on the cusp of adulthood, life is destined to take them in different directions – Johnno’s family are moving him to a new town and a better life, leaving Spanner behind to face a precarious future. But this summer is going to be different for them, and for the country. The explosion of the free party scene and the largest counter-cultural
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‘Beats’: First Footage Of UK Rave Culture Movie Execed By Steven Soderbergh Channels ‘Trainspotting’ & ‘La Haine’

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“The only system is a sound system and if I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution,” preaches one of the lead characters in Beats, the UK rave culture film executive-produced by Steven Soderbergh. Here is some first footage, which channels iconic movies such as Trainspotting and La Haine.

Set over summer 1994 in Scotland, the coming of age story follows two friends who jump headfirst into the free party scene before their lives take them in different directions. Soundtrack is curated by Jd Twitch (Optimo) with tracks from The Prodigy, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, The Belleville Three, Carl Craig, Hudson Mohawke, Leftfield, Plastikman, Lfo, Orbital and The Golden Filter.

Directed by Brian Welsh (Black Mirror) and written by Welsh and Kieran Hurley (based on Hurley’s play by the same name), the film stars newcomers Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald alongside Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), Brian Ferguson (Outlander
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Jonah Hill's 'Mid90s', Brian Welsh's 'Beats' to bookend 2019 Glasgow Film Festival

Jonah Hill's 'Mid90s', Brian Welsh's 'Beats' to bookend 2019 Glasgow Film Festival
The festival runs from February 20 – March 3.

The 15th edition of Glasgow Film Festival (February 20 – March 3) will open with the UK premiere of Mid90s, Jonah Hill’s directorial debut.

Brian Welsh’s Beats, the adaptation of Scottish playwright Kieran Hurley’s play executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, will close the event, also in its UK bow.

Hill’s coming-of-age drama follows a 13-year-old boy who hangs out with a group of older skateboarders in 1990s Los Angeles. Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterson all star in the film, which first screened at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018.

Its
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'Outlander' Recap: Claire Learns About Jamie's Secret Life

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'Outlander' Recap: Claire Learns About Jamie's Secret Life
In this episode of Outlander, titled "A. Malcolm," Claire and Jamie get to know each other again, Jamie's printing business is a front for his real occupation and Claire reunites with other faces from her past.

On the morning of Claire's reappearance, it's business as usual for Jamie. He's got a woman in his life who sends him off to work; he greets acquaintances in the street and arrives at his print shop. He discovers that two men, Hayes (Keith Fleming) and Lesley (James Allenby-Kirk), spent the night there. It seems Jamie is in the habit of printing politically subversive material, and Hayes and Lesley help him distribute it to the masses -- acts punishable by death. Jamie also employs a disgruntled young man named Geordie (Lorn Macdonald), who Jamie sends out on an errand.
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