British delight at hat trick of wins
by Naman Ramachandran
- CANNES 2014: BFI celebrates Mr. Turner, Pride and Crocodile triumphs on the Croisette
The UK has much to celebrate post Cannes this year with Timothy Spall winning Best Actor for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner [+see also:
interview: Mike Leigh
film profile], Matthew Warchus’ Pride winning the Queer Palm Award and Gaëlle Denis’ Crocodile the Critics’ Week Canal Plus Award for Best Short film.
Congratulating the winners, Ben Roberts, Director of the British Film Institute Film Fund, said, “Hearty felicitations to Timothy Spall whose richly deserved best actor win for his performance in Mike Leigh’s brilliant Mr. Turner crowns a hat-trick of awards for UK film talent at Cannes this year. It’s so gratifying to see our established film talent like Tim and Mike honoured alongside newcomers such as writer Stephen Beresford, whose first feature Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus, has won the Queer Palm award, and Gaëlle Denis whose film Crocodile scooped the Critics’ Week Canal Plus prize for best short film. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work with these extraordinarily talented filmmaking teams and all the UK filmmakers who presented their work in Cannes this year.”
Other British films premiering at this year’s Cannes Film Festival included Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall [+see also:
Q&A: Ken Loach
film profile], Andrew Hulme’s Snow in Paradise [+see also:
interview: Andrew Hulme
film profile], John Boorman’s Queen & Country [+see also:
interview: John Boorman
film profile] and Daniel Wolfe’s Catch me Daddy [+see also:
interview: Daniel Wolfe
film profile]. In the Cinefondation section, National Film and Television School student Daisy Jacobs won third prize for The Bigger Picture.
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