Venice Golden Lion-winner VeraDrake took four of the top awards and scooped a total of six prizes at lastnight's British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).
The story of a well-meaningback-street abortionist was named best independent film, Mike Leigh was namedbest director and lead actors Imelda Staunton and Phil Davis were named bestactors. The film also won prizes for Eddie Marsan as best supporting actor andbest achievement in production.
Park Chan-wook's Oldboywas named best foreign-language film in a category which also included MotorcycleDiaries, Fahrenheit 9/11, Hero and Pieces Of April.
The only other film to winmultiple awards was Touching The Void, which was named best documentaryand earned cinematographer Mike Eley the prize for best technical achievement.
Other top prizes went toSimon Pegg and Edgar Wright for the screenplay of Shaun Of The Dead andAshley Walters was named best newcomer in Bullet Boy.
Outside the main prize list,producer Norma Heyman was given the Special Jury Award, Bob Hoskins, currentlyin Beyond The Sea and Vanity Fair, was given the Richard Harriscareer achievement award and Harry Potter novelist JK Rowling was namedVariety personality of the year.
British Independent Film Awards 2004
Best British IndependentFilm
Phil Davis in Vera Drake
Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake
Eddie Marsan in Vera Drake
Most Promising Newcomer
Ashley Walters in Bullet Boy
Mike Leigh for Vera Drake
Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright for Shaun Of The Dead
Douglas Hickox Award (DebutDirector)
John Crowley for Intermission
Best Technical Achievement
Mike Eley for Touching The Void
Best Achievement inProduction
Best Foreign Film
Touching The Void
The Raindance Award
Best British Short Film
School Of Life
Richard Harris Award 2004
Jury 2004 Award
Variety UK Personality ofthe Year Award
J K Rowling