British Independent Film Awards 2017 Winners

The British Independent Film Awards took place last night with acclaimed drama God’s Own Country proving to be the night’s biggest winner. The film won multiple awards, including best British independent film, best actor for Josh O’Connor, and best debut screenwriter for Director Francis Lee.

Also picking up multiple awards was Lady MacBeth with rising star Florence Pugh winning best actress. Meanwhile satire The Death of Stalin took home four, including best supporting actor for Simon Russell Beale and best production design.

The British-French drama I Am Not A Witch won three awards, with Rungano Nyoni taking home best director. Get Out starring British actor Daniel Kaluuya won best international independent film. See below for exclusive interviews and the full list of winners:

Best British Independent Film

God’s Own Country

Best Director

Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not a Witch

Best Screenplay

Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth

Best Actress

Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth

Best Actor

Josh O’Connor, God’s Own Country

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Clarkson, The Party

Best Supporting Actor

Simon Russell Beale, The Death of Stalin

Most Promising Newcomer

Naomi Ackie, Lady Macbeth

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)

Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not a Witch

Debut Screenwriter

Francis Lee, God’s Own Country

Breakthrough Producer

Emily Morgan, I Am Not a Witch

The Discovery Award

In Another Life

Best Documentary

Almost Heaven, Carol Salter

Best British Short Film

Fish Story

Best Cinematography

Ari Wegner, Lady Macbeth

Best Casting

Sarah Crowe, The Death of Stalin

Best Costume Design

Holly Waddington, Lady Macbeth

Best Editing

Jon Gregory, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Effects

Nick Allder, Ben White, The Ritual

Best Make Up & Hair Design

Nicole Stafford, The Death of Stalin

Best Music

Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Production Design

Cristina Casali, The Death of Stalin

Best Sound

Anna Bertmark, God’s Own Country

Best International Independent Film

Get Out

Sachin Tendulkar Documentary & Cricket Icons

Cricket fans will be able to celebrate the life and career of legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar by watching new feature length film SACHIN: A BILLION DREAMS, which will be available on DVD and Digital HD from 4th December 2017. This insightful sports documentary from director James Erskine tells  Tendulkar’s story from his career debut at the age of 15, to the amazing achievement at becoming the highest runs scorer in the history of Test and ODI cricket.


Ahead of the film’s release next month, we’ve taken a look back at some of  the most iconic cricketers of all time.

Sachin Tendulkar

The former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar had his international debut in 1989, which introduced him as the “one to watch” in the world of cricket. Since then, he has had more than 30,000 international runs and accumulated numerous records setting him aside as one of the biggest names in sport. Sachin is also credited for championing the sport in his own country – leading India to be one of the most influential countries in the world of cricket. Nicknamed “God of cricket” and “Master Blaster”, Sachin has definitely made an important mark in the sport and established himself as not only a household name, but an icon to many cricket fans on a global scale.

Sir Don Bradman

Hailing from Australia, Sir Don Bradman, also known as “The Don”, was once recognised as the greatest batsman of all time. Until Sachin Tendulkar came into the world of cricket and swept away multiple records, Bradman was the ultimate icon with a batting average of 99.94. With a career spanning two decades through the 1930s and 1940s, “The Don” amassed multiple records and is still known to this day for being coined one of the greatest sporting legends of the 20th century.

Gary Sobers

Sir Garfield Sobers is a former cricketer, and was considered to be the sport’s greatest all-rounder. Starting his amazing career at 16, Sobers saw himself playing for the West Indies for two decades between 1954 and 1974 – ultimately being the team’s captain in 1965. Sobers was named one of the five most prominent cricket players of the 20th century and was awarded multiple titles. Not only was he named one of the ten National Heroes of Barbados, he also received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 1975.

Jack Hobbs

With a career spanning almost three decades, Sir John Berry Hobbs was an English cricketer known for his incredible batting skills. His nickname “The Master”, shows how much respect and admiration he had amongst cricket fans for his skills on the field. Furthermore, Hobbs had the honor of being the first professional cricketer to be knighted, in 1953. There is no doubt that during his career, Hobbs was one of the leading names in this supreme sport.

Shane Warne

The former Australian cricketer is commonly known for being one of the greatest bowlers in the game. Officially retiring from international cricket in 2008, Warne couldn’t let go and was signed as the captain for the Rajasthan Royals, and later represented the Melbourne Stars. Nowadays, he tends to make up his time commentating on the sport. Warner, or Warnie as some refer to him, is iconic for his mastery of leg spin to which some fans even consider as art. There is no doubt that Shane Warner is one of the biggest names in the modern world of cricket.


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Netflix Confirms Stranger Things 3

In news that should surprise literally nobody Netflix has officially announced that there will be a third season of their massively popular Stranger Things series.

The Duffer Brothers had already confirmed they were busy at work on plans for a new batch of episodes and that the show will need to feature at least a slight time jump from the events of season two due to the rapidly maturing cast.

It’s expected that the core cast will return in its entirety though this and the exacting timing of any potential release for season three remains to be confirmed.

It’s likely though that given the shows immense pop culture success Netflix will be anxious to rush out a new series as soon as possible. Particular given recent troubles with their other flagship original programming such as House of Cards.

What’s On Stage Awards 2018 Nominations

Nominations have been announced for the 18th annual What’s On Stage Awards Ceremony taking place at the start of 2018. Uniquely voted for by theatre audiences the awards sees the best in live theatre from across the country competing  for honours, with household names and emerging talents celebrated together.

Bat Out of Hell and 42nd Street each lead the shortlist with eight nominations, including Best Musical and Best Musical Revival respectively. Bat Out of Hell sees nominations for Best Actor in a Musical for Andrew Polec, Best Actress in a Musical for Christina Bennington, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Danielle Steers and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Rob Fowler.

42nd Street has won a nomination in Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Clare Halse as well as Best Actor in a Musical for Tom Lister and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Chris Howell.

In the Best Actor in a Play category, Andrew Garfield (Angels in America), Andrew Scott (Hamlet), Bryan Cranston (Network), David Tennant (Don Juan in Soho) and Martin Freeman (Labour of Love) are all recognised. While Eve Best (Love in Idleness), Imelda Staunton (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Olivia Colman (Mosquitoes), Natalie Dormer (Venus in Fur) and Tamsin Greig (Labour of Love) compete for Best Actress in a Play.

The shortlist for Best New Play includes GloriaInkLabour of LoveOslo and The Ferryman, while in the Best Direction category Dominic Cook (Follies), Jay Scheib (Bat Out of Hell), Marianne Elliott (Angels in America), Robert Icke (Hamlet) and Sam Mendes (The Ferryman) all go head-to-head.

This year the National Theatre has secured 19 nominations with its shows Angels in America and Follies garnering seven nominations each. There were also two new categories introduced for 2017: Best Original Cast Recording – nominations were HamiltonLes MiserablesDreamgirlsDear Evan Hansen and Girl From the North Country - and Best Show Poster – nominations were Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildCatsThe Phantom of the OperaWicked and Hamilton.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 25 February 2018. The public can buy tickets to attend the awards.

10 Surprising Facts About Home Alone

Home Alone is one of the most universally popular and perhaps overly familiar Christmas movie classics, but here’s ten fact you might not know about it. So read on an impress your family by casually dropping a few into conversation during the obligatory seasonal re-watching.
1. John Hughes wrote the entire script in just nine days. His son, James Hughes claims he wrote it after a bout of traveller’s anxiety


2. The role of Kevin was written specifically for Macauley Culkin. The idea for Home Alone occurred to John Hughes during the making of Uncle Buck, which starred Macaulay Culkin. But that didn’t stop director Chris Columbus from auditioning more than 100 other rascally pre-teens for the part.


3. The film is a Guinness World record holder. In its opening weekend, Home Alone topped the box office, making $17,081,997 in 1202 theaters. The movie maintained its number one spot for a full 12 weeks and remained in the top 10 until June of the following year. It became the highest grossing film of 1990 and earned a Guinness World Record as the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever domestically.


4. Robert De Niro turned down the role of Harry Lime. As did Jon Lovitz. Then Joe Pesci swept in and made the part his own.


5. Many of the interior shots of the interior house and other scenes were shot inside a High School in Chicago. The school’s swimming pool was converted into the McCallister’s basement. The school was also used for the police station and some airport scenes.


6. John Candy shot his entire part in one 23-hour filming day. He worked from 7 a.m. to 6 a.m., but even that wasn’t enough time for him to film a farewell scene with Catherine O’Hara, who played Kevin’s mom, when she arrives at her house.


7. While rehearsing the scene where Harry tries to bite off Kevin’s finger, Pesci actually bit Culkin, which left a scar


8. Marv’s line ‘why are you dressed like a chicken?’ was improvised.


9. The spider on Marv’s face was real, they filmed that scene in one take, he mimed the scream so he wouldn’t scare the spider.


10. The script originally ended with a short scene after the credits where Harry and Marv see Angels with filthy souls on tv in prison.


Merry Christmas you filthy animals… and a happy new year too.