Rocks was the big winner at the 2020 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) which took place on Thursday night. In an online ceremony hosted by Tom Felton, Sarah Gavron and Anu Henriques' East London set drama picked up the awards for Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor for Kosar Ali and D’Angelou Osei Kissiedu respectively, while Kosar Ali deservedly picked up the award for Best Newcomer. The terrific casting was honoured, with Lucy Pardee winning Best Casting.
As is often the case, the BIFAs threw up a terrifically varied set of winners, with Remi Weekes winning Best Director for his debut feature His House. Wunmi Mosaku won Best Actress for her performance in His House. Best Actor went to a more established name as Anthony Hopkins won for his performance in The Father, which also won Best Screenplay. Hopkins is one of the favourites for the BAFTAs when they’re announced in April.
Proving the strength of British cinema over the last year, Perfect 10 (The Raindance Discovery Award), Saint Maud (Debut Director) and Mogul Mowgli (Riz Ahmed – Debut Screenwriter) all picked up awards, and there’s more to come with the upcoming Limbo (due out in May) picking up the Breakthrough Producer award. One of the best films of 2021, Nomadland picked up the award for Best International Independent Film and is one of the favourites for BAFTAs and Oscars. It's due out on April 9.
All the winners can be found on the BIFA website here and if you haven’t seen them yet, a number of the winners, including Rocks and His House, are available to stream now.