The word ‘Best’ goes only a short way to describe the appreciation and acclaim a critics circle wishes to give to the stand out films from an entire year of cinema releases. Still, the act of nominating and voting in such a way is a worthwhile pursuit because it gives us cause to celebrate the medium we love and admire so dearly.

It’s been a strong year for British film, with the following four titles elbowing each other out of the way in a number of categories at the top of our collective short list; Peter Strickland’s Duke of Burgundy, Carol Morley’s The Falling, Andrew Haig’s 45 Years and Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster.

Though there were a number of films that we individually enjoyed but failed to reach a consensus on as a group, I feel confident in saying that there is value to be found in many of the other titles nominated, including Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Terence Davies’ Sunset Song and Australian Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Macbeth.

On the international stage it’s worth noting that we had some very close calls with Todd Haynes’ Carol and Alexei German’s Hard to be a God battling fiercely in almost every category, cancelling each other out with joint second place for Best Cinematography and tied for Best Direction. Though not all of our members were able to see every single film before voting, owing to both diverse personal interests and professional outlets, I see these awards as a mark of our critical appreciation for some of 2015’s most intriguing, well crafted and expertly executed films.

Tara Judah, BFCC Chair

 

UK Winners 

The Duke of Burgundy

BEST PICTURE

Duke of Burgundy

BEST DIRECTION

Peter Strickland – Duke of Burgundy

BEST SCREENPLAY

Andrew Haig – 45 Years

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nicolas D Knowland – Duke of Burgundy

BEST ACTOR

Colin Farrell – The Lobster

BEST ACTRESS

Rachel Weisz – The Lobster

 

International winners

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BEST PICTURE

Hard to be a God

BEST DIRECTION

=Todd Haynes – Carol

=Aleksei German – Hard to be a God

BEST SCREENPLAY

Phyllis Nagy – Carol

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

John Seale – Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ACTOR

Jafar Panahi – Taxi

BEST ACTRESS

Mya Taylor – Tangerine