For a $200,000 movie, Monsters has created quite a trajectory for its director and star. After Gareth Edwards got the job directing Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla, star Scoot McNairy has landed a lead alongside Brad Pitt and a great supporting cast in the Andrew Dominik-directed Cogan’s Trade. He’s in contention for a lead in the Ridley Scott-directed Prometheus, and is circling the role of Josh Speed in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, both at Fox. He’s repped by ICM and The Group Management.
The Weinstein Co movie won 5 British Independent Film Awards at the ceremony in London’s East End tonight, including Best Film, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), and Best Screenplay. Micro-budget sci-film Monsters won 3 awards: Best Director (Gareth Edwards), Best Achievement in Production and Best Technical Achievement, while Carey Mulligan was named best actress for Never Let Me Go.
GARETH EDWARDS (MONSTERS)
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
CLIO BARNARD (THE ARBOR)
DAVID SEIDLER (THE KING’S SPEECH)
CAREY MULLIGAN (NEVER LET ME GO)
COLIN FIRTH (THE KING’S SPEECH)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
HELENA BONHAM CARTER (THE KING’S SPEECH)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
GEOFFREY RUSH (THE KING’S SPEECH)
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
JOANNE FROGGATT (IN OUR NAME)
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
SON OF BABYLON
BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
GARETH EDWARDS – VISUAL EFFECTS (MONSTERS)
ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE
BEST BRITISH SHORT
BEST FOREIGN FILM
THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)
HELENA BONHAM CARTER
THE VARIETY AWARD
THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
The King’s Speech scored eight British Independent Film Award nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and two Best Supporting Actor nominations. The other nominees for Best Film include Four Lions, Kick-Ass, Monsters and Never Let Me Go. In the acting categories, Jim Broadbent (Another Year), Riz Ahmed (Four Lions), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Scoot McNairy (Monsters) and Aidan Gillen (Treacle Junior) received nominations. The Best Actress race is between Manjinder Virk (The Arbor), Ruth Sheen (Another Year), Andrea Riseborough (Brighton Rock), Sally Hawkins (Made in Dagenham) and Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go). Winners will be announced on December 5th. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present Annette Bening with the American Riviera Award. She’ll be honored at the Arlington Theatre on January 28.
TORONTO: Gareth Edwards, who unveiled his fright feature Monsters at Toronto today, has already parlayed the film into a great next opportunity. He has teamed with Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov on a science fiction film that Edwards is writing to direct, with Bekmambetov producing with Jim Lemley. While it sounds like a contradiction, Edwards and Bekmambetov describe the projects as “an epic human story, set in a futuristic world without humanity.” Edwards will write it before they set it up.
Edwards has created much buzz for his film, partly because of the production value he got on a $100,000 Monsters budget, with another $400,000 thrown in for visual effects and post production. The picture will be released in October by Magnet. Edwards’ deal was made by WME and UK’s Curtis Brown.
Below is the pic’s trailer: