Danny Boyle to get RAAM Award

2010 is the sixth year of the U.K., Ireland Awards

LONDON -- Director Danny Boyle has been tapped to receive the 2010 International Award at the British RAAM Awards for cinema.

The award recognises an individual or individuals whose body of work in the film industry celebrates significant international achievements and contributions to the British cinema industry.

Trevor Green managing director of Entertainment Film commented on the international award to Danny Boyle: "Firstly I am pleased to say the judges were unanimous in this decision.

"It goes without saying that 'Slumdog Millionaire' was a very important boxoffice success for distribution as well as exhibition showing that with the right ingredients and the right direction, Independent pictures can do exceptional business.

"Danny Boyle's approach to film making is unique. From his first major feature film, 'Shallow Grave' 15 years ago, through 'Trainspotting,' 'A Life Less Ordinary,' '28 days later,' 'the Beach,' 'Millions,' 'Sunshine' to his Oscar-winning iconic 'Slumdog Millionaire' he is without question a worthy recipient of this award.

Tim Richards, CEO of Vue Entertainment and long serving member of the RAAM Advisory Board commented: "On the back of a record year for cinema with amazing movies like 'Slumdog Millionaire,' the 2010 awards will celebrate what has been a really exciting 2009 for the U.K. and Irish cinema business. Despite the global economic challenges and the U.K. recession, 2009 so far has been a great year for cinema in the U.K. and Ireland. We do have a lot to celebrate; great movies and the exciting new digital 3D has led to one of the highest attendances in the past 40 years. U.K. boxoffice is on course to comfortably exceed £1billion ($1.66 billion) in ticket sales this year.

The RAAM Awards will be presented in London on Feb. 3 2010 at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square. A new award for 2010 is the top 3D film. Other awards will be presented to top distributor, top movie, foreign language movie, top cinema exhibition group and independent cinemas in the U.K. and Ireland.