'Metro Manila' gets 5 nominations in British film awards


Posted at Nov 13 2013 12:23 AM | Updated as of Nov 13 2013 08:23 AM

MANILA -- A film which centers on a Filipino farmer who unwittingly endangers his family in search of a better life in Manila is among the top nominees in this year's British Independent Film Festival.

Written and directed by UK filmmaker Sean Ellis, "Metro Manila" is nominated in five categories in the 16th annual Möet British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

"Metro Manila" is in the running as Best British Independent Film. Ellis is nominated for the Best Director award, while Filipino actors John Arcilla and Jake Macapagal are nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Most Promising Newcomer, respectively.

The film is also nominated in the Best Achievement in Production category.

Submitted in August as the United Kingdom's official entry to the 86th Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category, "Metro Manila" chronicles the struggles of Oscar Ramirez (Macapagal) and his family, whose hopes of a better life push them to take jobs that put their morals to the test.

The film made waves early this year when it debuted to rave reviews, and won the Audience Award for Best World Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Also earning five nominations in the BIFAs are "Filth," a crime comedy-drama written and directed by Jon Baird; and "Le Week-End," a drama film directed by Roger Michell and written by Hanif Kureishi.

Leading with eight and seven nominations, respectively, are David Mackenzie's "Starred Up" and Clio Barnard's "The Selfish Giant."

The winners will be announced at an awarding ceremony at Old Billinsgate, London on December 8.

Here is the complete list of nominees in the 16th BIFAs:

Best British Independent Film
Metro Manila
The Selfish Giant
Starred Up
Le Week-end
Best Director
Jon S Baird – Filth
Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant
Sean Ellis – Metro Manila
Jonathan Glazer – Under the Skin
David Mackenzie – Starred Up
The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
Charlie Cattrall – Titus
Tina Gharavi – I Am Nasrine
Jeremy Lovering – In Fear
Omid Nooshin – Last Passenger
Paul Wright – For Those in Peril
Best Screenplay
Jonathan Asser – Starred Up
Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant
Steven Knight – Locke
Hanif Kureishi – Le Week-end
Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan – Philomena
Best Actress
Judi Dench – Philomena
Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-end
Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin
Felicity Jones – The Invisible Woman
Saoirse Ronan – How I Live Now
Best Actor
Jim Broadbent – Le Week-end
Steve Coogan – Philomena
Tom Hardy – Locke
Jack O’Connell – Starred Up
James McAvoy – Filth

Best Supporting Actress
Siobhan Finneran – The Selfish Giant
Shirley Henderson – Filth
Imogen Poots – The Look of Love
Kristin Scott Thomas – The Invisible Woman
Mia Wasikowska – The Double
Best Supporting Actor
John Arcilla – Metro Manila
Rupert Friend – Starred Up
Jeff Goldblum – Le Week-end
Eddie Marsan – Filth
Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up
Most Promising Newcomer
Harley Bird – How I Live Now
Conner Chapman / Shaun Thomas – The Selfish Giant
Caity Lotz – The Machine
Jake Macapagal – Metro Manila
Chloe Pirrie – Shell
Best Achievement in Production
A Field in England
Metro Manila
The Selfish Giant
Starred Up
Best Technical Achievement
Shaheen Baig – Casting – Starred Up
Johnnie Burn – Sound Design – Under the Skin
Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant
Mica Levi – Music – Under the Skin
Justine Wright – Editing – Locke
Best Documentary
Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer
The Great Hip Hop Hoax
The Moo Man
The Spirit of ‘45
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone
Best British Short
Dr Easy
Dylan’s Room
Best International Independent Film
Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Blue Jasmine
Frances Ha
The Great Beauty
The Raindance Award
Everyone’s Going to Die
The Machine
The Patrol
Sleeping Dogs
The Richard Harris Award (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film)
To be announced
The Variety Award
To be announced
The Special Jury Prize
To be announced