Gleeson and Scott among Irish winners at BIFAs in London

Gleeson and Scott among Irish winners at BIFAs in London

IRISH actors Brendan Gleeson and Andrew Scott enjoyed a successful night at the British Independent Film Awards in London on Sunday night.

Gleeson was awarded Best Actor for his starring-role in Irish-British co-production Calvary, while Scott won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Pride.

Composer Stephen Rennicks picked up the Best Technical Achievement award for his music for the Lenny Abrahamson’s film Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, which is another Irish-British co-production.

Frank's writers, Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, won the Best Screenplay award.

Pride was also named Best British Independent Film, with its star Imelda Staunton winning Best Supporting Actress.

Yann Demange won Best Director for '71, in which second-generation Irish actor Jack O’Connell the lead actor.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw won Best Actress for Belle, John Boorman was honoured with the Special Jury Prize, Emma Thompson won the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film and Richard Harris picked up the Variety Award.