'Red Road' leads to BIFA wins


Tony Curran and Kate Dickie, stars of Andrea Arnold's gritty Glasgow-based thriller "Red Road," scooped up the best actor and best actress awards at the ninth annual British Independent Film Awards on Wednesday night at London's Hammersmith Palais.

The stark drama about grief and retribution in Scotland — which picked up the Jury Prize at May's Festival de Cannes — sees Dickie play closed-circuit television operator Jackie, who becomes increasingly drawn into the life of a character from her past when she catches sight of him on video footage. As Clyde, the object of Jackie's obsession, Curran portrays a shiftless urban waster living on the fringes of society.

"This Is England," Shane Meadows' autobiographical coming-of-age drama about a fatherless misfit who falls in with the local skinhead community, took the best British independent film award and also won best newcomer plaudits for its star, Thomas Turgoose.

Kevin Macdonald won the best director prize for his "The Last King of Scotland," about a young Scottish doctor's relationship with Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. The best supporting actor/actress award went to Leslie Phillips for "Venus."

Peter Morgan's "The Queen" was named best screenplay.

A complete list of BIFA winners is at www.hollywoodreporter.com.