Warp factor 18 for award nominations

Chris New and Tom Cullen in Weekend
Chris New and Tom Cullen in Weekend

SHEFFIELD production company Warp Films and its digital arm Warp X have dominated the shortlist for the British Independent Film Awards announced this week with three films sharing 18 nominations.

One of them, Kill List, a dark and twisted horror film, was filmed on location in Sheffield. It earned six nominations – Best Director, Ben Wheatley; Best Screenplay, Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump; Best Actress, MyAnna Buring; Best Actor – Neil Maskell; Best Supporting Actor, Michael Smiley and Best Achievement In Production.

Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur is shortlisted in seven categories (equalling Shame and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Submarine, the directorial debut of The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade, is in contention for five awards.

The British Independent Film Awards is one of the most important ceremonies in the UK film calendar. Created in 1998, The BIFAs set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently-funded British filmmaking, to honour new talent and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public.

The winners will be announced at the star-studded award ceremony on December 4.

lThis weekend the producer of hot new release Weekend, Tristan Golligher, and lead actors, Tom Cullen and Chris New, will pay a visit to the Showroom. They will take part in a Q&A after a screening on Saturday afternoon. An intense study of a gay relationship over one weekend written and directed by Andrew Haigh, it was filmed on location in Nottingham.

lOn Sunday at the Showroom there will be a preview of new documentary, The British Guide to Showing Off. It is being called a Dress-Up Preview with punters invited to don their most extravagant outfit to get in the mood for Jes Benstock tracing the origins of the outrageous and anarchic Alternative Miss World Show, started by artist Andrew Logan in 1972. On general release from November 18.