1st May 2019
Jon Dingle 0
Photo Above: AUTOMATA, winner of Best Feature FIlm
North London based Unrestricted View Film Festival, wrapped up their six-day event on Sunday 28th April with an awards ceremony at the Hen & Chickens theatre where there were 24 different categories, encompassing all the varieties of film that the festival had to offer – from feature length, to shorts, to documentaries, to web series.
The festival, which has just celebrated its fourth year, is delighted to announce this year’s winners (full category list below)
Coming up trumps at this year’s awards, was the Scottish film ‘Automata’ (pictured above), winning in four of the six categories they were nominated in including winning Best Feature Film, directed by Lawrie Brewster (who was winner of Best Director for a Feature film).They also won Best Makeup/Costume and Best Feature Actress (Victoria Lucie who plays Rose); and the film was nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Feature Actor (Jamie Scott Gordon who plays Dr. Brendon Cole).
The 94minute film follows the story of antique’s expert Dr. Brendon Cole as he is sent to authenticate a 300-year-old clockwork doll with notorious history, aka “The Inferno Princess”. In the remote Scottish mansion where it was discovered, Brendon soon finds himself the victim of the automaton’s legendary curse.
Closely following ‘Automata’ in both category nominations and wins was the festival’s opening night film, ‘Dragonflies Only Live For 24 Hours’ which was nominated for five awards (Best Score, Best Feature Actor, Best Feature Actress, Best Director and Best Feature), winning Best Score and Best Feature Actor (Karl Kennedy-Williams), and was highly commended (runners up) for Best Feature Film and Best Feature Director (Richard Anthony Dunford).
Unrestricted View in collaboration with FMW Films is a collective of award winning theatre and filmmakers, established in 1997 to write and produce innovative and exciting new work. Combined, the companies have produced over 20 plays, five new writing festivals; three feature length films, four short films and hundreds of comedy shows, including the feature film, The Man You’re Not, which won Best British Feature at the London Independent Film Awards in 2017.
Award Nominations and Winners
Highly Commended: Dragonflies Only Live for 24 Hours
WINNER: The Accident
Highly Commended: Worthless
Best Director (Feature)
WINNER: Lawrie Brewster (Automata)
Highly Commended: Richard Anthony Dunford (Dragonflies Only Live For 24 Hours)
Best Actor (Feature)
WINNER: Karl Kennedy-Williams (Dragonflies Only Live for 24 Hours)
Highly Commended: Judson Vaughan (Dragonflies Only Live for 24 Hours)
Best Actress (Feature)
WINNER: Victoria Lucie (Automata)
Highly Commended: Jessica Palmer (Some Kind of Love)
Best Foreign Feature
Highly Commended: The Island of Evenings
WINNER: The Third Hand
Highly Commended: Seriation
Best Foreign Short
Highly Commended: The Son, The Father….
Best Actor (Short)
WINNER: Ayinde Howell (Foxes)
Highly Commended: Craig Parkinson (Futures)
Best Actress (Short)
WINNER: Jeany Spark (Sump)
Highly Commended: Gillian Saker (Goodbye Mondays)
Best Web Series
WINNER: Subverse (UK, Dir: Joseph White)
Highly Commended: Brie Can Do it (USA, Dir: Tony Santiago)
WINNER: Film the Change: Plastic
Highly Commended: Miniature Wargaming the Movie
Best Documentary (Short)
WINNER: 2001: Pressure makes Diamonds
Highly Commended: Sian: Portrait of a Photographer.
Highly Commended: No More Lights in the Sky
Best Director (Short)
WINNER: Annabel Vine (Skip Girl)
Highly Commended: Iacopo Di Girolamo (N)
WINNER: Dragonflies Only Live For 24 hours
Highly Commended: Some Ways to Get Rid of a Body
WINNER: Ryan Bennett (Take Me to the Waves)
Highly Commended: Branko Tomovic (The Smell of Petrol)
Best Make up/Costume
Highly Commended: Scarecrow
Best Art Direction
WINNER: Paris You Got Me
Highly Commended: Knock at the Door
Highly Commended: Mausoleum
Highly Commended: Feather Pillow
Festival Director’s Choice
WINNER: Jack Grewar, director of Some Kind of Love
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