London Film Festival Awards Announced

Today is the last day of the BFI’s 53RD London Film Festival and this year for the first time the organisers decided to give out a Best Film and Best British Newcomer award. The Best film went to French filmmaker Jacques Audiard’s riveting prison drama A Prophet and The Best British Newcomer award went to Jack Thorne, screenwriter of the teenage drama The Scouting Book for Boys. Full details of all the awards can be found here

Highlights of this year’s festival have included three George Clooney films – the opening gala was Wes Anderson’s stop motion retelling of Roald Dahl’s classic Fantastic Mr Fox, and Clooney’s drama Up in the Air and comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats also premiered. Other sell out screenings included the Coen Brothers A Serious Man and the premiere of Toy Story 2 re-mastered in 3D. Toy Story 3, also in 3D, is not due to hit UK screens until July 2010 but a brief trailer has already been released on Disney’s official site

Meanwhile there’s been much debate about the organiser’s decision to move from the use of the Odeon Leicester Square in previous years to the Vue West End. Over on Facebook there were quite a few angry festival goers complaining that Q & A’s were often in the second screening only for the galas, when most early bookers would have chosen the first screening assuming that would be the one most likely for a Q & A. The small screens and poor access have also led to many people to urge a move back to the Odeon next year.

Tonight the Festival closes with Turner Prize nominated Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy, a biopic of Beatles star John Lennon’s early years. Watch the trailer below

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