The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield and Wild Rose lead 2019 British Independent Film Awards nominations

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Film4 and Channel 4 receive combined total of 32 nominations for the British Independent Film Awards

Film4 and Channel 4 received 32 nominations for the 2019 British Independent Film Awards, announced this morning, including the two most highly nominated films: The Personal History of David Copperfield which led the nominations with 11, closely followed by Wild Rose with 10.

Documentaries also scored notably highly: Film4-backed Diego Maradona and Channel 4 News co-production For Sama gained five nominations each, and another Channel 4 coproduction Three Identical Strangers scored one. Among those nominations, both Diego Maradona and For Sama were nominated for Best Director, and For Sama was also nominated in top category Best British Independent Film.

Director of Film4 Daniel Battsek commented: “Thank you to the BIFA jurors on behalf of all at Film4 for recognising such a diverse range of nominees, and for proving that great storytelling transcends categories by nominating documentaries so widely in the major categories. Congratulations to all our nominees!”

Channel 4 News editor, Ben de Pear, said: “We are delighted For Sama has received five nominations and it is testament to the remarkable power of Waad al-Kateab's footage and the direction of her and Edward Watts in turning her 500 hours of material into this stunning feature documentary."

Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield led this year’s nominations with 11, including Best British Independent Film (Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell, Kevin Loader); Dev Patel was nominated for Best Actor, Tilda Swinton for Best Supporting Actress and Hugh Laurie for Best Supporting Actor; Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell were nominated for Best Screenplay; and the film achieved six nominations in craft categories – Casting (Sarah Crowe), Cinematography (Zac Nicholson), Costume Design (Suzie Harman, Robert Worley), Editing (Mick Audsley, Peter Lambert), Make Up & Hair Design (Karen Hartley-Thomas) and Production Design (Cristina Casali).

Tom Harper’s Wild Rose was the second most highly nominated film with 10 nominations including Best British Independent Film (Tom Harper, Nicole Taylor, Faye Ward); Nicole Taylor was nominated in both Best Screenplay and Debut Screenwriter categories; Jessie Buckley was nominated for Best Actress and Julie Walters for Supporting Actress; in the craft categories the film was nominated for Casting (Kathleen Crawford), Costume Design (Anna Mary Scott Robins), Make Up & Hair Design (Jody Williams), Music (Jack Arnold) and Sound (Lee Walpole, Colin Nicholson, Stuart Hilliker).

For Sama’s nomination for Best British Independent Film made it three out of five for Channel 4/Film4 titles in the top category, with Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts also nominated for Best Director; the film also scored in the Documentary category as well as for Editing (Chloe Lambourne and Simon McMahon) and Music (Nainita Desai).

Asif Kapadia scored a Best Director nomination for Diego Maradona, which was also nominated for Documentary (Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees and Paul Martin); the film also scored in Music (Antonio Pinto), Editing (Chris King) and Sound (Stephen Griffiths, Tim Cavagin, Max Walsh, Andy Shelley) categories.

Becky Read was nominated as Breakthrough Producer for Three Identical Strangers.

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About Film4

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 Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, 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, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.

Film4’s recent releases include Chris Morris’s The Day Shall Come, Asif Kapadia’s Diego Maradona, Tom Harper’s Wild Rose, Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience and Steve McQueen’s Widows. Forthcoming releases include Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, Michael Winterbottom’s Greed, Sarah Gavron’s Rocks, Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang, Rose Glass’s Saint Maud, Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses, Gregor Jordan’s Dirt Music and Coky Giedroyc’s adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s How To Build a Girl. Films in production include Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse, Florian Zeller’s The Father, Jonathan Butterell’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Prano Bailey-Bond’s Censor, Ben Sharrock’s Limbo, Cathy Brady’s Wildfire and Chasing Chaplin from Peter Middleton and James Spinney.

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