Film4: The Favourite

Film4 receives 58 nominations for the British Independent Film Awards

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Film4 received a staggering 58 nominations for the BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2018, announced this morning, including a clean sweep of all five films in the Best British Independent Film, Director and Screenplay categories, and the four most highly nominated films.

Director of Film4 Daniel Battsek commented: “Everyone at Film4 is thrilled with this morning’s nominations and delighted for all our nominees. The breadth of our 10 nominated films, encompassing a debut, an English language debut, a couple of sophomore efforts, five filmmakers we’ve worked with before and one who we’ve just made our ninth film with, is a perfect snapshot of what we want a Film4 slate to look like, and a testament to how hard our whole team work to achieve that. We’re looking forward to a celebratory night on December 2nd!”

Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite leads the nominations with 13, including Best British Independent Film, Director and Screenplay, and acting nods for Olivia Colman for Best Actress, and Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz for Supporting Actress.

Rachel Weisz was also recognised in the Best Actress category for Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, which picked up five nominations including Best British Independent Film, Screenplay, Supporting Actress for Rachel McAdams and Supporting Actor for Alessandro Nivola.

American Animals was the second most nominated film with 11 nominations including Best British Independent Film, Director, Screenplay and Debut Screenplay for Bart Layton, while Barry Keoghan and Evan Peters compete against one another for Supporting Actor.

Debut feature Beast was the third mostly highly recognised film with 10 nominations including Best British Independent Film, Director, Screenplay, Debut Director and Debut Screenwriter for Michael Pearce, and Jessie Buckley competing in both Best Actress and Most Promising Newcomer categories.

You Were Never Really Here was the fourth most recognised film. Its eight nominations included Best British Independent Film, Director and Screenplay nominations for Lynne Ramsay, and a nod for Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix.

Andrew Haigh (Director) and Charlie Plummer (Actor) were among the four nominations for Lean on Pete, while Mike Leigh’s Peterloo also picked up four nominations in craft categories. There were also nominations for Been So Long (Michaela Coel for Best Newcomer), Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War (Best International Independent Film) and An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn (Costume Design).





Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established.

Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and David Mackenzie’s Starred Up.

Film4’s recent releases include Bart Layton’s American Animals, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger, Iain Morris’s The Festival, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete, Clio Barnard’s Dark River, Michael Pearce’s Beast and Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Forthcoming releases include Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Steve McQueen’s Widows, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, Tinge Krishnan’s Been So Long, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family, Tom Harper’s Wild Rose and Jim Hosking’s An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn. Films in production include Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, Asif Kapadia’s Maradona, Sarah Gavron’s ‘Untitled Girls Film’, Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses, Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang, Coky Giedroyc’s adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s How To Build a Girl and Chaplin from Peter Middleton and James Spinney.

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