Jellyfish triumphs at Dinard
by Fabien Lemercier
- James Gardner's first feature film wins four awards, including the Grand Jury Prize, at the 29th Dinard Film Festival
A full house at the 29th Dinard Film Festival, dedicated to British cinema, for Jellyfish [+see also:
interview: James Gardner
film profile], the first feature film by James Gardner, which won the three prizes awarded by the jury (chaired by Monica Bellucci): the Golden Hitchcock Grand Jury Prize for Best Film, the Hitchcock Award for Best Screenplay (written by the filmmaker with Simon Lord) and a special mention for Liv Hill's performance, with Jellyfish also scooping up the Critics' Award.
Unveiled in world premiere at Tribeca and already awarded at Edinburgh for its performances (an award shared by Liv Hill and Sinéad Matthews), Jellyfish focuses on Sarah Taylor for whom life isn’t always easy. In addition to caring for her younger siblings and their depressed mother, she gets heckled at school and exploited by her boss. But when a theatre teacher allows her to channel her frustrations and energy into a comedy show, Sarah discovers a hidden talent... Production was provided by Jellyfish Feature and Nick Holttum Productions, with international sales driven by Bankside Films.
Allianz Hitchcock Award for Best Screenplay
James Gardner, Simon Lord - Jellyfish
Special Mention, Acting Award
Liv Hill - Jellyfish
Hitchcock Critics’ Award
Jellyfish - James Gardner
Hitchcock Jury Prize
Bridge - Lain Robertson (UK)
Special Jury Mention
Cabin Pressure - Matthew Lee (UK)
Hitchcock Audience Award
Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times - Marcus Markou (UK)
Barrière Hitchcock Honour Award
(Translated from French)
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