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2013 British Independent Film Awards: ‘Metro Manila’ Best Film; Sean Ellis Best Director; Lindsay Duncan Best Actress; James McAvoy Best Actor; More

UPDATED: 3:05 PM: BIFA logoThe UK’s Foreign Language Oscar entry, Metro Manila, had the biggest haul at tonight’s British Independent Film Awards, nabbing three prizes including Best Film, and Director for Sean Ellis. The Tagalog-language, Philippines-set drama centers on a poor farmer who moves his family to the capital city in search of a better life, only to unwittingly become mixed up with a criminal underworld after he takes a job as an armored transport driver. metro-manila__130516002835In May, Deadline reported that Fox International Productions had acquired remake rights to the Sundance Audience Award winner. Also tonight, James McAvoy was named Best Actor for Jon S. Baird’s Filth, a crime comedy based on the novel by Irvine Welsh. Lindsay Duncan was Best Actress for Roger Michell’s Le Week-End and Imogen Poots took the Best Supporting Actress prize for The Look Of Love. Although it had eight nominations coming into the evening, David Mackenzie’s prison drama Starred Up went home with only one when Ben Mendelsohn scooped the Best Supporting Actor trophy.

The BIFAs were held tonight at London’s Old Billingsgate Market where the ceremony is somewhat akin to the Golden Globes in that a dinner precedes the awards (it’s sponsored by champagne house Moët & Chandon). Host James Nesbitt early on commented the BIFAs are “’better than BAFTA, … Read More »

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UK Selects ‘Metro Manila’ For Foreign-Language Oscar Race: Video

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 7:14am PDT

Sundance title Metro Manila has been chosen to represent the UK in the Foreign Language Oscar category, making it the 11th film ever submitted by the country. The film, which won the Audience Award in the World Cinema competition in Park City, is directed by British helmer Sean Ellis, an Oscar nominee in 2006 for his short Cashback. The Tagalog-language Metro Manila centers on a poor farmer who moves his family to the capital city in search of a better life, only to unwittingly become mixed up with a criminal underworld after he takes a job as an armored transport driver. Ellis wrote the script with Frankie E. Flowers. It hits British theaters today via Independent. Distribution partners 108 Media and Paladin have North American rights. There’s also a remake afoot courtesy of Fox International Productions. This is the third film with Filipino elements to be submitted to the Academy this year. Transit, by Hannah Espia, is the Philippines’ entry, and Anthony Chen’s Camera d’Or winner Ilo Ilo focuses on a Filipino domestic in Singapore, that film’s submitting country. Check out the Metro Manila trailer below:

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Cannes: 108 Media, Paladin Acquire North America On Sundance Thriller ‘Metro Manila’

Sean Ellis’ Philippines-set Metro Manila is bound for a remake courtesy of Fox International Productions which acquired rights earlier this week. The Sundance World Cinema Audience Award winner has now been picked up by distribution partners 108 Media and Paladin for North America. Written by Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated English filmmaker Ellis (Cashback) and Frankie E. Flowers, the thriller follows a poor farmer seeking a brighter future who takes the most dangerous job in Manila as an armored transport driver. Paladin’s Mark Urman and 108 CEO Rastogi negotiated the deal with Independent’s Abigail Walsh and Jessica Lacy, on behalf of ICM partners, who represent Ellis.

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Cannes: Fox International Productions Takes ‘Metro Manila’ Remake Rights

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 5:33pm PDT

Metro Manila remakeSean Ellis’ Philippines-set Metro Manila is poised to get the remake treatment from Fox International Productions, following the film’s Audience Award win at Sundance 2013. Written by Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated English filmmaker Ellis (Cashback) and Frankie E. Flowers, and produced by Ellis and Mathilde Charpentier, the thriller follows a poor farmer seeking a brighter future in Manila who takes the most dangerous job in the city as an armored transport driver. Pic was filmed entirely in Tagalog despite Ellis not speaking the language. Ellis is repped by ICM, who negotiated the deal with FIP.

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