The fifth LOCO Discovery Feature Award has been won by Chanya Button for her debut feature Burn Burn Burn, a darkly comic British road movie starring Laura Carmichael, Chloe Pirrie and Jack Farthing, supported by a host of great British comedy actors including Alice Lowe, Alison Steadman, Sally Phillips and Julian Rhind-Tutt.
Creative England supported the feature through its Production Fund.
Chanya Button said of winning, “I’m thrilled to have won the LOCO Discovery Award, joining such a great line up of previous winners. The other films nominated, Set the Thames on Fire and Aaaaaaaah! are both fantastic, and I’m proud to be making films at a time when British comedy filmmaking is going from strength to strength. I want to thank the judges who voted Burn Burn Burn the best debut feature film at the 5th LOCO London Comedy Film Festival”.
LOCO Director Denise Hicks said: “This was our strongest ever shortlist, but Burn Burn Burn stood out as an original, ambitious British comedy that not only makes you laugh but makes you think and care as well. If you’re looking for the next Frances Ha or Little Miss Sunshine, we have all the talent we need here in Britain: we just need to support them and showcase their work. LOCO’s mission is to kickstart the next generation of British comedy film-makers and we look forward to screening many more of Chanya’s films."
The LOCO Discovery Awards were created to highlight original British comedy film-makers, and have proved to be a springboard to success. The first winner, Black Pond, went on to be BIFA and BAFTA nominated, and its directors Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley return to the Festival this year for the world premiere of their new film The Darkest Universe, the same week that Will Sharpe’s sitcom Flowers is transmitted on Channel 4. The second winner, Wizard’s Way, directed by the Metal Man collective, was made for just £300 but is being remade in Hollywood by Jack Black. The third winner Gone Too Far! was directed by Destiny Ekaragha, who directed last year’s BBC1 film Danny and the Human Zoo, written by Lenny Henry, as well as this year’s Luther spoof for Sports Relief. And last year’s winner SuperBob had a successful cinema release, and its co-writer and star Brett Goldstein has just been cast in Whitney Cumming’s new HBO sitcom A Lot.
Chanya Button made her start in the industry at an early age, joining the Royal Court Young Writers’ programme at 18. Since then she has worked across film and theatre, as an Assistant Director at The Bush Theatre and The Tricycle Theatre; in development at Heyday Films and Warner Brothers; and in production on the Harry Potter series and Edge of Tomorrow. Burn Burn Burn is her debut feature as director and producer. The other directors nominated for the award were Ben Charles Edwards for Set the Thames on Fire, and Steve Oram for Aaaaaaaah!
The LOCO Discovery Awards are judged by a panel of industry experts from an open call for submissions.
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