Charlotte Wells’ “Aftersun” Dominates British Independent Film Awards

“Aftersun” continues to burn bright this awards season. Charlotte Wells’ feature debut landed seven wins at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), held London in Sunday. “The film won Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director. This evening’s four wins were added to the film’s previously announced haul in the craft categories with three wins including Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Music Supervision,” per Deadline.

Penned by Wells, “Aftersun” sees a woman reflecting on the seaside vacation she took with her father as a pre-teen. Newcomer Frankie Corio and “Normal People” breakout Paul Mescal star.

Three of the five titles up for Best British Independent Film were directed by women. Joining “Aftersun” was Georgia Oakley’s “Blue Jean,” a portrait of a lesbian teacher forced to live a double life, and Sophie Hyde’s “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” a dramedy about a retired school teacher who hires a sex worker to help her check off items on her sexual bucket list.

Wells, Oakley, and Hyde accounted for three of five helmers up for Best Director.

Head over to Deadline to check out all of the winners from the BIFAs.

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