Scottish film Aftersun wins big at British Independent Film Awards

The critically acclaimed drama starring Paul Mescal scooped seven prizes at the awards.

Scottish film Aftersun starring Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio wins big at British Independent Film Awards Screen Scotland

The debut feature film by Edinburgh-born director Charlotte Wells was the big winner at the 25th British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) on Sunday.

Aftersun, starring Normal People’s Paul Mescal and Scottish newcomer Frankie Corio, scooped seven prizes at the ceremony including best British independent film.

The critically acclaimed drama follows Calum, played by Mescal, and his daughter Sophie, played by schoolgirl Corio, during a holiday in Turkey.

Celia Rowlson-Hall portrays an adult Sophie, who looks back at the holiday 20 years on.

Director Wells won three awards – best director, best debut director and best screenplay.

The award for best British independent film was presented by Daisy Edgar-Jones, Mescal’s co-star in hit BBC series Normal People.

These were in addition to three craft BIFAs that Aftersun was previously announced as winning.

Aftersun had led the nominations with 16 nods in the awards’ first year with gender neutral acting categories.

BIFA was created in 1998 and has since celebrated and promoted British independent cinema and filmmaking talent in the UK.

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