Victory for We Need to Talk about Kevin at BFI Film Awards

Actress Candese Reid and writer/director Werner Herzog also among the winners at last night's ceremony

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Lynne Ramsay’s film about a mother’s difficult relationship with her son, We Need to Talk about Kevin, has scooped the best movie gong at this year’s BFI London Film Festival Awards.

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“We Need to Talk about Kevin is made with the kind of singular vision that links great directors across all the traditions of cinema,” said the chair of the BFI’s jury, John Madden.

“We worked really hard on this one,” said Ramsay at the ceremony in central London. “It’s a really major achievement for us, we have been wanting this for years.”

Elsewhere at the Awards, actress Candese Reid won best British newcomer for her role in Junkhearts, and was described by the jury as a “fresh, brilliant and exciting new talent.”

Werner Herzog bagged the best documentary award for his exposé of life on death row, Into the Abyss, and Pablo Giorgelli walked away with the Sutherland Award for directing Las Acacias, a film about a truck driver who picks up a young mother and her son.

Ralph Fiennes and David Cronenberg both received BFI Fellowships, as had been announced before the ceremony.

Greg Dyke, the BFI Chair, said: “The BFI London Film Festival Awards pay tribute to outstanding film talent, so we are delighted and honoured that both Ralph Fiennes, one of the world’s finest and most respected actors, and David Cronenberg, one of the most original and ground-breaking film directors of contemporary cinema, have both accepted BFI Fellowships – the highest accolade the BFI can bestow. 

“I also want to congratulate all the film-makers and industry professionals here tonight, not only on their nominations and awards, but also for their vision, skill, passion and creativity.”

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Jurors at the Awards included Anne-Marie Duff, Tom Hollander, Phil Collins and Gillian Anderson.