Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake leads Bifa nom­i­na­tions

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

I, Daniel Blake has topped the nom­i­na­tions for this year’s Bri­tish In­de­pen­dent Film Awards.

The film, which was di­rected by Ken Loach, is nom­i­nated in seven cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing best Bri­tish in­de­pen­dent film, best di­rec­tor and best screen­play.

Its stars Hay­ley Squires and Dave Johns also re­ceived two nom­i­na­tions each.

Other nominees in­clude Amer­i­can Honey, Notes on Blind­ness and Un­der The Shadow, which re­ceived six apiece.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony at Lon­don’s Old Billings­gate on Sun­day 4 De­cem­ber.

I, Daniel Blake - about a mid­dleaged wid­ower and the UK wel­fare sys­tem - was re­leased in the UK last week, five months af­ter it won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Films Fes­ti­val.

Jodie Whi­taker, Kate Dickie, Narges Rashidi and Sasha Lane all join Squires in the best ac­tress cat­e­gory, which was won by Saoirse Ro­nan last year.

Johns will face com­pe­ti­tion from Michael Fass­ben­der, Shia LeBeouf, Max Records and Steve Bran­don for best ac­tor.

The nominees along­side I, Daniel Blake in the best Bri­tish in­de­pen­dent film cat­e­gory are Amer­i­can Honey, Cou­ple In A Hole, Notes on Blind­ness and Un­der The Shadow.

Amer­i­can Honey’s An­drea Arnold re­ceives her fourth nom­i­na­tion in the best di­rec­tor cat­e­gory, hav­ing won for Fish Tank in 2009.

Loach’s best di­rec­tor nod his is fifth Bifa nom­i­na­tion. He won the cat­e­gory in 1998 for My Name Is Joe, the same year he was awarded a life­time achieve­ment award.

It was an­nounced last month that Naomie Har­ris will re­ceive the Va­ri­ety Award, given an­nu­ally to a di­rec­tor, ac­tor, writer or pro­ducer who has helped cham­pion Bri­tish cinema in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Pre­vi­ous win­ners of the prize in­clude Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, Daniel Craig and Dame He­len Mir­ren.

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