This month saw the announcement of the 18th annual British Independent Film Award nominations and Creative England-backed films, '45 Years' (Andrew Haigh) 'Orion: The Man Who Would Be King' (Jeanie Finlay) and 'Burn Burn Burn' (Chanya Button) are in the running for awards.
Each nominated film showcases the varying breadth of original ideas from a selection of talented creatives based in England. Leading the way was the emotional drama '45 Years' directed by Andrew Haigh which received six nominations including Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Haigh, Best Screenplay, Producer of the Year, Best Actress for Charlotte Rampling and Best Actor for Tom Courtenay.
All films were supported by the Creative England Production Fund, which aims to support feature films with a strong regional voice, team or setting. '45 Years' is set in Norfolk and the landscape and countryside play a big part in the atmosphere of the film, whereas 'Burn Burn Burn' is a comedy road-movie that spans impressive English regional mileage from Newcastle all the way to Glastonbury.
'Orion' is a music documentary about the stranger-than-fiction tale of Elvis impersonator, Orion, his struggle with fame, the music industry and his blurred identity; director Jeanie Finlay from Nottingham has a strong track record for giving unusual musical stories a platform with her previous documentaries 'The Great Hip Hop Hoax' and 'Sound It Out'.
Richard Holmes, Senior Film Executive at Creative England and Co-Producer on the productions, said:
“These three films define what we’re about: quality, regionality and diversity. And they are great examples of what can be done across both narrative and feature docs when you have great teams headed by outstanding leaders. They also defy their budgets and deliver truly cinematic stories. We couldn’t be prouder.”
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