Northern Ireland’s Stephen Fingleton was named Best Debut Director for The Survivalist at last night’s British Independent Film Awards. The award is presented in honour of director Douglas Hickox.
The 18th BIFA ceremony, which was hosted by Richard Ayoade, was held at Old Billingsgate in London and live streamed on www.bifa.film. Highlights are available on that website.
Laurence Green, chairman of the BIFA Board, said, 'As part of our mission to build the widest audience we can for British independent film, it is BIFA's great honour to celebrate the cream of the crop once a year at the Moët British Independent Film Awards. This year's winners speak volumes, not just for their excellence but also for the undimmed ambition and beautiful diversity of the stories they tell.'
The Survivalist was produced by Wayne Marc Godfrey (Silence, Cake), Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Babylon) and David Gilbery (Bone Tomahawk) through The Fyzz Facility. Shot in Northern Ireland, the film was financed by The Fyzz Facility and BFI in association with Goldcrest. The film received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Hailed by Indiewire as 'Mad Max in the countryside', the film boasts stellar performances from Martin McCann (’71, Shadow Dancer, X+Y), Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac Part II, A Cure For Wellness, and just announced to star in Clare Denis’ English-language debut High Life (opposite Robert Pattinson) and Olwen Fouéré (This Must be the Place).
In a kill-or-be-killed world where starvation is rife and strangers are always dangerous, The Survivalist lives off the grid, and by his wits. When a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover his forest refuge, his loneliness drives him to overcome his suspicion and strike a bargain with them in return for bed and board. But as desire becomes stronger than necessity, the exchange becomes an uneasy, ongoing arrangement which threatens not only his carefully constructed world but also his life.
The Survivalist will be released in cinemas and on demand on 12th February 2016. The film will be previewing in the QFT before general release from 5th February 2016.
The full list of BIFA winners can be found here.