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British film more independent than ever

Monday, December 07, 2015 - 02:11

Sci-fi thriller 'Ex Machina' wins four awards at the 2015 Moet British International Film Awards, as some of Hollywood's biggest A-listers turn up for the ceremony. Duarte Garrido reports.

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The future of British film is just around the corner. Over the past two years, the independent industry has seen a massive surge in production. Free from the binds of the big studios - the so-called 'auteurs' have been allowed to be themselves - and given over 1 billion pounds a year to do so in style. Never more so than at the 2015 Moet British Independent Film Awards in London, where the cream of the crop of British film have fled the big studios and embraced the change. Among the usual suspects, the ceremony was still able to keep a little bit of the old indie spirit - giving the stage to one of its last true outcasts. SOUNDBITE (English) HOST, RICHARD AYOADEE, SAYING: "No, I mean I'm barely employed and in that way I am independent - but so are vagabonds or people who wake up in the middle of fields." The big winner of the night was Alex Garland's Sci-Fi thriller Ex Machina - taking home best film, director and screenplay. But the spotlight shone brighter on the evening's best actress. Playing an Irish immigrant in 'Brooklyn' - daughter of an irish immigrant herself. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAOIRSE RONAN, ACTRESS, SAYING: "Yeah it's the most personal thing I've ever done. And to make it at the time that I did when I was personally going through allot of the things Eilis was experiencing, that meant it wasn't just another film you can leave behind afterwards or leave it on set at the end of the day." Best supporting actor saw The Gleesons - father and son - fighting to take the stage. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DOMHNALL GLEESON, ACTOR, SAYING: REPORTER ASKING: "Do you think he's cheering for you?" GLEESON: "He's told me that he is... but he also sent me an acceptance speech in case he won so i don't know what that means." The film with most nominations ended up almost empty handed. Surreal drama 'The Lobster' saw Colin Farrell being sent into the wood to find his romantic partner - with the risk of being transformed into a beast if things didn't pan out. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COLIN FARRELL, ACTOR, SAYING: "I don't know. I think I'd pick a bird of flight, probably. probably an apex predator so I could have a long and joy filled life. But I think I would distance myself from the planet a little bit" The evening's two special awards went to veterans Kate Winslett and Chiwetel Ejiwofor - for their help turning the British Indie into a British industry.

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British film more independent than ever

Monday, December 07, 2015 - 02:11