What do you think? Any comments with your own suggestions would be most welcome!Lone Scherfig's coming of age drama An Education was the best-reviewed British film, and also picked up an award for best drama. There was more UK success for Armando Iannucci's political satire In the Loop, which won best-reviewed comedy.
We're into the 'awards season', which can make fairly obscure films (that pretty much describes 99% of all British cinema!) become multi-million blockbusters, as was shown last year with the eventual success of Slumdog Millionaires (I've posted on this), which initially opened on a mere 10 screens in the US but went on to hoover up an incredible $141m after its Oscar nominations and wins.
The Guardian (who else?!) have of course been reporting on this; the BAFTAs kick off the award season and are often seen as a decent indicator of possible British success at the Oscars; see what you think of the BAFTAs selections:
Lone Scherfig's An Education is officially the frontrunner for this year's British Academy film awards, following the publication of the Bafta longlists. Avatar, The Hurt Locker and – perhaps the biggest surprise – District 9 also emerged as strong contenders. And Moon looks like the main rival to An Education for the title of best British film.
... Two years ago, Atonement was the most longlisted film, but ended up winning just two Baftas (though one was best picture). This year, An Education leads the way with 17 longlist entries (including seven in the acting categories alone), followed by Inglourious Basterds with 15.
... An Education is one of just two British candidates on the best film list, alongside Moon, bearing out the suggestion of a weak year for UK cinema. Bright Star, made in Britain by the Australian director Jane Campion, missed the best film cut but figured strongly in other sections. Andrea Arnold also made the director list for Fish Tank, and there were mentions here and there for Nowhere Boy, Damned United, In the Loop, Me and Orson Welles, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Young Victoria and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. But Ken Loach's Looking for Eric was notable by its omission.
So...what do you think? What's YOUR best UK film of 2009? Did you actually see ANY or was your cinematic diet 100% American?! Has anyone seen Nowhere Man out of interest (a great example of a new director successfully using a short film as a 'calling card' which eventually won funding for NMan)?