For Sama and The Personal History Of David Copperfield were the big winners at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

The ceremony was hosted by actress and comedian Aisling Bea and held at London’s Old Billingsgate tonight (Dec 1).

Syrian civil war documentary For Sama scooped the night’s top prize, best British independent film, as well as best director for Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, best documentary, and best editing at the previously announced craft awards last month.

The Personal History Of David Copperfield finished with five awards, the highest of the night, from 11 nominations, with Hugh Laurie winning best supporting actor and Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell taking home the best screenplay prize. It previously also won for casting, costume design and production design. Accepting the award, Iannucci paid tribute to Charles Dickens’ contemporary relevance, adding that “our prime…



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