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Joy Division Biopic Tops British Independent Film Awards

Sam Riley in Control by Anton Corbijn

Dutch photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn's Control, a black-and-white drama about troubled Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, won five trophies – including best film, best director, and best debut director – at the British Independent Film Awards held tonight at the Roundhouse in London.

Corbijn had photographed Joy Division numerous times back in the late 1970s, and in 1988 directed the video for their song “Atmosphere.” (Ian Curtis committed suicide at the age of 23 in 1980.)

Former warehouse worker Sam Riley, who was picked for the lead role in Control, lost the best actor award to Viggo Mortensen's Russian mafioso in David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises but was chosen most promising newcomer, while Toby Kebbell took best supporting performer honors for his performance as Joy Division's manager Rob Gretton.

Among the other winners were best actress Judi Dench, for her gutsy performance as a manipulative lesbian teacher in Notes on a Scandal; Patrick Marber, who won for his uneven screenplay for the same film; best foreign film The Lives of Others, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's overwrought spy melodrama that several months ago won an array of awards including the 2007 Oscar; and best documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, Julien Temple's take on the punk rock band The Clash musician Joe Strummer, who died of a heart attack five years ago.

2007 British Independent Film Awards

The 10th British Independent Film Award nominees were announced at the Haymarket Hotel in London on Oct. 23, '07.

The 10th British Independent Film Award winners were announced at the Roundhouse in London on Nov. 28, '07.

(“*” denotes the winner in each category)

Control by Anton Corbijn
Dutch photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn's Control won five of its ten nominations – including best British Independent Film – at the 10th British Independent Film Awards. Control depicts the short, troubled life of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, played by “most promising newcomer” Sam Riley.

 

Best British Independent Film
And When Did You Last See Your Father?
* Control
Eastern Promises
Hallam Foe
Notes on a Scandal

The Lives of Others

Best Foreign Independent Film
Black Book
La Vie en Rose
Once
Tell No One / Ne le dis à personne
* The Lives of Others

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten by Julien Temple

Best British Documentary
Black Gold
Deep Water
Garbage Warrior
In the Shadow of the Moon
* Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

Anton Corbijn

Best Director of a British Independent Film
Anand Tucker for And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Sarah Gavron for Brick Lane
* Anton Corbijn for Control
David Cronenberg for Eastern Promises
David MacKenzie for Hallam Foe

The Douglas Hickox Award for Best New Director
Mark Francis, Nick Francis for Black Gold
* Anton Corbijn for Control
Oliver Hodge for Garbage Warrior
David Schwimmer for Run, Fat Boy, Run
Steve Hudson for True North

Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film
Anne Hathaway for Becoming Jane
Tannishtha Chatterjee for Brick Lane
Sophia Myles for Hallam Foe
Kierston Wareing for It's a Free World…
* Judi Dench for Notes on a Scandal

Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts in Eastern Promises

Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film
Jim Broadbent for And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Sam Riley for Control
* Viggo Mortensen for Eastern Promises
Jamie Bell for Hallam Foe
Cillian Murphy for Sunshine

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor or Actress in a British Independent Film
Colin Firth for And When Did You Last See Your Father?
* Toby Kebbell for Control
Samantha Morton for Control
Armin Muehler Stahl for Eastern Promises
Cate Blanchett for Notes on a Scandal

Sam Riley in Control by Anton Corbijn

Most Promising Newcomer
Imogen Poots for 28 Weeks Later
Matthew Beard for And When Did You Last See Your Father?
* Sam Riley for Control
Bradley Cole for Exhibit A
Kierston Wareing for It's a Free World…

Best Screenplay
David Nicholls for And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Matt Greenhalgh for Control
Steve Knight for Eastern Promises
Ed Whitmore, David MacKenzie for Hallam Foe
* Patrick Marber for Notes on a Scandal

Black Gold by Marc Francis, Nick Francis

Best Achievement In Production
* Black Gold
Control
Exhibit A
Extraordinary Rendition
Garbage Warrior

Best Technical Achievement
Enrique Chediak for 28 Weeks Later
Trevor Waite for And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Martin Ruhe for Control
David MacKenzie for Hallam Foe
* Mark Tildesley for Sunshine

Best British Short Film
A Bout de Truffe - The Truffle Hunter
Cherries
* Dog Altogether
The Girls
What Does Your Daddy Do?

The Raindance Award
Exhibit A
* The Inheritance
Tovarisch: I Am Not Dead

The Richard Harris Award
Ray Winstone

The Variety Award
Daniel Craig

Special Jury Prize:
Andi Engel, Pamela Engel, and Robert Beeson, founders of the arthouse distribution company Artificial Eye

 

Jury:
Hayley Atwell
Mark Herbert
Will Clarke
Nitin Sawhney
Neil Marshall
Menhaj Huda
Annie Griffin
Matthew MacFadyen
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Tony Curran
Kathy Burke
Archie Panjabi
Peter Webber
Brian Tufano
Sandra Hebron


         
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