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“This is England” Takes Top Prize at British Independent Film Awards

"This is England" Takes Top Prize at British Independent Film Awards

Shane Meadows‘ “This is England” won the “Best British Independent Film” award Wednesday night at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) at Hammersmith Palais in London. Kevin Macdonald took the best director prize for “The Last King of Scotland,” while “Red Road” stars Tony Curran and Kate Dickie won the best actor and actress nods. Best supporting actor/actress went to Leslie Phillips for “Venus,” and the promising newcomer award was presented to Thomas Turgoose for “This is England.” Peter Morgan took best screenplay for “The Queen,” and best foreign independent film went to “Hidden” (Cache) by Michael Haneke. “Road to Guantanamo” by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross won best documentary, and best debut director went to Menhaj Huda for “Kidulthood.” [Brian Brooks]

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