Highschool killing spree movie wins best film
Teenage killer thriller We Need To Talk About Kevin has scooped the best movie gong at theLondon Film Festival awards.
Directed by Lynne Ramsay, the film stars Tilda Swinton as the mother of a boy who carries out a high school killing spree.
John Madden, chairman of the British Film Institute (BFI) jury, said: "We were simply bowled over by one film, a sublime, uncompromising tale of the torment that can stand in the place of love.
"We Need To Talk About Kevin is made with the kind of singular vision that links great directors across all the traditions of cinema."
Ralph Fiennes was also honoured, receiving the BFI Fellowship, alongside David Cronenberg.
Fiennes, who made his directing debut at the festival with Coriolanus, and Canadian director Cronenberg won the awards for their "outstanding contribution" to film over the years.
Greg Dyke, chairman of the BFI, said: "We are delighted and honoured that both Ralph Fiennes, one of the world's finest and most respected actors, and David Cronenberg, one of the most original and ground-breaking film directors of contemporary cinema, have both accepted BFI Fellowships - the highest accolade the BFI can bestow."
Candese Reid won the best British newcomer award for her portrayal of a young homeless woman in Junkhearts.
Pablo Giorgelli picked up the Sutherland award from Terry Gilliam for his directorial debut Las Acacias, while celebrated director Werner Herzog won best documentary for Into The Abyss.
The star-studded awards ceremony saw the likes of Michael Fassbender, Liam Neeson, Gillian Anderson and Sam Taylor-Wood walk down the red carpet at LSO St Luke's in central London.
Ramsay said the award was "light at the end of the tunnel" after "a few hard years".
She added: "We worked really hard on this one. The script was intricate and really well crafted. We had to do it that way with only 30 days to shoot. It's a really major achievement for us, we have been wanting this for years."
Anderson, who was one of the judges for the Best Film category, said We Need To Talk About Kevin was a deserving winner.
She added: "It was really difficult to choose. There were a few that we did have to battle it out over the table.
"One hopes that the winner has an element of the sublime in it that is above and beyond what some of the others have."
Cronenberg said: "You don't make films and you don't have a career because of the honours but, especially as you get older, to be acknowledged by your peers, especially in a different country to your own is really fantastic.
"It really means that your films have a life and a voice, aside from you, and they've made an impact."
Giorgelli said it felt "absolutely incredible" to even pick up a nomination.
He said: "To be here is something beautiful and strange. The most beautiful thing was to be invited to the London Film Festival and to present my film here. That was enough."
A very nervous Reid, who picked up Best Newcomer, said she felt "amazing".
She said: "I never thought it would happen to me. Just being here is unbelievable. I have never been to anything like this in my life."