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Loach condemns middle-class censors

Raindance to honour Ken Loach with new award

The Raindance Film Festival is to present its inaugural Auteur Award to the veteran British director Ken Loach. He’ll be presented with the honour at an event at the festival on 29th September, at which the organisers say he’ll discuss “his career, films, the ever-changing film ind...

Pride of British film at the BIFAs

Pride of British film at the BIFAs

A film about young gay activists raising money for striking Welsh miners was the big winner at the British Independent Film Awards. At a ceremony at Old Billingsgate in London, Pride – which tells the unlikely story of the real-life campaign group “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners...

Metro Manila tops a big budget night for low budget films

Metro Manila tops a big budget night for low budget films

A Philippine-set thriller, in the little-known language of Tagalog, has won the most awards – including the top awards – at this year’s British Independent Film Awards. The BIFA for Best British Independent Film went to Metro Manila and the Best Director prize went the man behind i...

Starred Up and Selfish Giant lead BIFA nods

Starred Up and Selfish Giant lead BIFA nods

A prison drama that won the Best Newcomer honour for its first-time writer at the London Film Festival last month has scooped the most nominations at the British Independent Film Awards – the opening ceremony of a long film awards season that will end with the Oscars in February. Starred Up wi...

British film about Afghanistan takes top prize at Raindance

British film about Afghanistan takes top prize at Raindance

A film about British soldiers serving in Afghanistan, The Patrol, has won the Film of the Festival prize at Raindance. Written and directed by former military-man Tom Petch, the film was chosen by a jury that included the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The Welsh sci-fi thriller The Machine –...

You don’t need a lot of money to make a Raindance film

You don’t need a lot of money to make a Raindance film

Another year, another film at Raindance. That’s the way for writer, producer, actor – and soon to be director – Jonnie Hurn. Producer and one of the stars of Drew Cullingham’s latest drama, Black Smoke Rising, Hurn is back at Raindance for the third year in succession. Two y...

The Dark Heart of Raindance

The Dark Heart of Raindance

In 1996, British writer Christian Piers Betley wrote a vampire film called Rampage. Sixteen years later, having evolved into Dark Hearts, without a vampire in sight, it's had its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London, where it was nominated for the Best International Feature award....

Raindance boasts record audiences in 20th year

Raindance boasts record audiences in 20th year

The 20th Raindance Film Festival has come to an end with ticket sales up a third on last year’s event, which itself had record attendance figures. The organisers of Britain’s biggest independent film festival, which precedes its bigger, longer-standing neighbour, the London Film Festival...

Fassbender, Mullan, Oldman, Swinton among BIFA nominees

Fassbender, Mullan, Oldman, Swinton among BIFA nominees

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tyrannosaur and Steve McQueen's upcoming Shame have each picked up seven nominations at this year's British Independent Film Awards. We Need to Talk About Kevin and Kill List each have six nominations, while Richard Ayoade's Submarine is up for five awards.There's a parti...

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