British film industry honours its best

A low-budget science fiction film directed by David Bowie’s son was recognised on Sunday evening as the outstanding British independent film of the year. Moon took the award for Best Film and the prize for Best Debut Director for Duncan Jones, the 38-year-old formerly known as Zowie Bowie, at the British Independent Film Awards (Bifas). Last year’s winner of the top prize was Slumdog Millionaire, which became the darling of the awards season, racking up 100 prizes, including eight Academy Awards. Jones’s film is a sparse and eerie glimpse of a future where human cloning has become routine, with the American actor Sam Rockwell alone on screen for nearly the entire running time. He plays an astronaut manning a lunar mining facility who encounters a younger, angrier version of himself shortly before he is due to return to Earth. Made for just $5 million, Moon is the antithesis of the year’s blockbuster science fiction contenders. Carey Mulligan’s luminous film debut in An Education earned her the Best Actress prize. Tom Hardy won Best Actor for his intense portrait of the eccentric prisoner Charles Bronson in Bronson. Sir Michael Caine and Daniel Day Lewis were among the winners. Caine picked up the Variety Award for lifetime achievement, while Day Lewis won the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British Cinema.

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