Andrew Haigh’s powerful, personal drama ‘45 Years’ continues to blaze a trail of success, receiving a nomination in the Outstanding British Film category at this year’s BAFTAs.
The film was supported in part by Creative England’s Production Fund and stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a long-married couple facing a life changing event. The film is one of just two features nominated in this category, joining Yorgos Lanthimos’ black comedy ‘The Lobster’ starring Colin Farrell and John C. Reilly.
‘45 Years’ has found great success since debuting at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, where its stars took home the Best Actress and Best Actor Silver Bear awards. Charlotte Rampling won Best Actress at the Boston Society of Critics and Best Performance in a British Feature Film at Edinburgh International Film Festival, the same event where director Andrew Haigh won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature.
The film has found similar success across the festival circuit, with wins at the European Film Awards, National Board of Review, National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Online, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Valladolid Film Festival. ‘45 Years’ also received a mention within Mark Kermode’s ‘Best Films of 2015’ list, with fellow Creative England funded feature ‘The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson’ making his Top 10 list.
“Andrew Haigh, Tristan Goligher and the amazing team at The Bureau have been a pleasure to work with from the very start,” said Richard Holmes, Senior Film Executive at Creative England. “‘45 Years’ was an outstanding script beautifully directed by Andrew and the production that brought his vision to life was flawlessly put together by Tristan and his team. We’re sure that this film will continue to garner nominations and awards for all those involved, both behind and in front of the camera.”
The film joins a host of this year’s brightest and best in the overall 2016 BAFTA nominations list, including the likes of Todd Haynes’ ‘Carol’, Alex Garland’s ‘Ex Machina’, ‘The Danish Girl’ and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. The official ceremony will take place on Sunday 14th February at The Royal Opera House.
Creative England’s Production Fund aims to support feature films from emerging talent or established directors looking to experiment with innovative approaches. The fund is particularly keen to support regional filmmakers or projects which display a strong regional voice. To find out more or to apply, visit our Production Fund page.
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