Timothy Spall went away with the Edgeware Outstanding Achievement Award for his performance in Stanley - a Man of Variety at the most recent edition of the UK Film Festival, held in London 22 - 26 November.
The film tells the story of Stanley, a passionate admirer of classic British comedy, who has been sent to prison for a crime he believes he didn’t commit. After years in solitary, the increasingly delusional Stanley begins to talk to his comedy heroes from the past. What ensues is an intriguing psychological mystery in which Spall plays an astonishing 16 different parts. The film is deftly directed by Stephen Cookson, and produced by Peter Keegan for Red Rock Entertainment.
The UK Film Festival, which is now in its 6th year, continues to screen works from up-and-coming film-makers, as well as established directors. Its Short Film Competition, which is sponsored by Edgeware, offers the biggest cash prize available to a short film in the UK.
The Festival has established a reputation for showing films that later go on to be nominated and/or awarded BAFTA and Oscar prizes. Previous Official Selection films that became Academy Award winners include Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Broken Circle Breakdown by Felix Van Groeningen, and The Phone Call by Mat Kirkby. This year’s jury included Academy Award winning producer Serena Armitage, twice Berlinale Crystal Bear winner Petros Silvestros, and Edgeware’s Richard Brandon.
For more information about the UK Film Festival, including the full list of the 2016 award winners, please go to: http://www.ukfilmfestival.com/