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ENTERTAINMENT
12 Nov 2013
PHILOMENA STARS UP FOR BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

The pair are up against Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan for Le Week-end, about a married couple's trip to Paris.

The most nominated film is prison drama Starred Up, with eight nominations - including best film.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, hosted by actor James Nesbitt, in London on 8 December.

The contenders for best film are:

Metro Manila
Philomena
The Selfish Giant
Starred Up
Le Week-end
Le Week-end, written by Hanif Kureishi and directed by Roger Michell, sees Broadbent and Duncan as a couple in a tired marriage who revisit their honeymoon destination of Paris on their 30th anniversary.

The Selfish Giant, Clio Barnard's story of two young boys growing up in an underprivileged town in Yorkshire, picked up seven nominations.

Filth, Metro Manila and Le Week-end all picked up five nominations each.

In Philomena, Dame Judi plays an Irish woman who tries to find a son she was forced to give up for adoption. The true story is based on the book by former BBC foreign correspondent Martin Sixsmith, played by Coogan.

Coogan and co-writer Jeff Pope also get a best screenplay nomination.

Starred Up tells the story of young offender Eric, played by Skins and This is England star Jack O'Connell, who is thrown into an adult prison for being too violent.

The screenplay is by first-time scriptwriter Jonathan Asser, who has a background in the prison system working as a therapist. The title comes from the process of prematurely upgrading a teenager from a young offenders institution to prison.

Its eight nominations include:

best director for David Mackenzie
best screenplay for Asser
best actor for O'Connell
Also competing in the best actor category are:

Tom Hardy for Locke
James McAvoy for Filth
The best actress field is completed by:

Scarlett Johansson for Under The Skin
Felicity Jones for The Invisible Woman
Saoirse Ronan for How I Live Now
Best supporting actor nominations go to:

John Arcilla for Metro Manila
Jeff Goldblum for Le Week-end
Eddie Marsan for Filth
Rupert Friend for Starred Up
Ben Mendelsohn for Starred Up
Nominated for the best supporting actress award are:

Siobhan Finneran for The Selfish Giant
Shirley Henderson for Filth
Imogen Poots for The Look of Love
Kristin Scott Thomas for The Invisible Woman
Mia Wasikowska for The Double
Joining Starred Up's Mackenzie in the best director shortlist are:

Jon S Baird for Filth
Clio Barnard for The Selfish Giant
Sean Ellis for Metro Manila
Jonathan Glazer for Under the Skin
This year's jury, chaired by director Penny Woolcock, includes actors MyAnna Buring, Art Malik and Natascha McElhone and directors Sally El Hosaini, Bart Layton and Julien Temple.

source: www.bbc.co.uk

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