Written by: FFT Webmaster | December 14th, 2011
The British indie film TYRANNOSAUR by actor-turned-director Paddy Considine was named the Best British Film at the British Independent Film Awards last week. The film topped a field that also included Steve McQueen’s sexually explicit drama SHAME, Tomas Alfredson’s subtle espionage thriller TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, the documentary film SENNA and director Lynne Ramsay’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. Ramsay won the award for Best Director for the shattering family drama which stars Tilda Swinton as the mother of a teenage boy who goes on a school shooting rampage. Swinton lost out for Best Actress honors to TYRANNOSAUR’s Olivia Colman. The ubiquitous Michael Fassbender was awarded a Best Actor prize for his work as a sex addict in SHAME. Screen legend Vanessa Redgrave won the Supporting Actress award for her performance as a power-mad mother in the Shakespeare adaptation CORIOLANUS, while Michael Smiley was named Best Supporting Actor for KILL LIST. The Most Promising Newcomer award went to writer/director Tom Cullen for WEEKEND, his dissection of a casual affair between two gay men that deepens over the course of an eventful weekend. Honorary awards went to actor/directors Kenneth Branagh and Ralph Fiennes and financier Graham Easton.