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‘Six Shooter’ Wins British Independent Film Award
01 Dec 2005 :

Ruaidhri Conroy in Six Shooter

The short film ‘Six Shooter’, written & directed by Martin McDonagh and starring Brendan Gleeson (Troy, Cold Mountain) and Ruaidhri Conroy (Harts War), has won the Best Short Award at the British Independent Film Awards in London.

‘Six Shooter’ is the film debut for McDonagh who is an award winning playwright and theatre director. The film scooped the Best British Short Award at the ceremony which took place last night at the Hammersmith Palais.

The British Independent Film Awards honour films that are produced and co-produced by UK companies. ‘Six Shooter’ was the very first collaboration between the Irish Film Board and the UK’s Film Four Lab, the experimental division of Film Four dedicated to working with first time writers and directors.

The BIFA ceremony was hosted by Irish actor James Nesbitt with guests including Hugh Dancy, Imelda Staunton, Vanessa Redgrave and director Ken Loach presenting awards. The biggest winner on the night was Fernando Meirelles' ‘The Constant Gardener’ which picked up the Best Actor (Ralph Fiennes), Best Actress (Rachel Weisz) and Best Film Awards. ‘In My Fathers Den’ produced by Irish company Little Bird scooped one award with the Most Promising Newcomer gong awarded to New Zealand actress Emily Barclay for her role in the film.

‘Six Shooter’ previously won the Best Short Film Award at the 2005 Irish Film & Television Awards in November and was nominated for a BAFTA in January 2005. The film is produced by Missing in Action Films, Funny Farm Film & Television and Fantastic Films and co-funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and Film Four Lab.

Full List of Winners at the British Independent Film Awards 2005:

Best British independent film:
The Constant Gardener

Best actor:
Ralph Fiennes - The Constant Gardener

Best actress:
Rachel Weisz - The Constant Gardener

Best supporting actor/actress:
Rosamund Pike - The Libertine

Most promising newcomer:
Emily Barclay - In My Father's Den

Best director:
Neil Marshall - The Descent

Best screenplay:
Frank Cottrell Boyce - Millions

Douglas Hickox Award (for debut director):
Annie Griffin - Festival

Best technical achievement:
Jon Harris - The Descent

Best achievement in production:
Gypo

Best foreign film:
Downfall

Best documentary:
The Liberace of Baghdad

The Raindance Award:
Evil Aliens

Variety UK Personality of the Year:
Keira Knightley

Special Jury Prize:
Sandy Lieberson

Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Achievement:
Tilda Swinton

Best British short film:
Six Shooter

www.bifa.org.uk



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