Fish Tank wins four Critic’s Circle Awards as Quentin Tarantino is honoured

Posted on 19 February 2010
By Andy Johnson
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Andrea Arnold’s gritty drama Fish Tank scooped four gongs at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards, including British film of the year last night.

The movie centres on a girl on a tough Essex estate whose life is dramatically altered by her mother’s new boyfriend. Read our Purple Revolver review here

Newcomer Katie Jarvis, who plays the lead role of 15-year-old Mia, received the award for young British performer of the year.

As well as best British film, Fish Tank also earned accolades for British director of the year, for Andrea Arnold, and British actor in a supporting role, for Michael Fassbender.

Fassbender, who also stars as the British Intelligence Office in Inglourious Basterds said he was ‘delighted’ with the award and looking forward to his next project Jane Eyre.

Christoph Waltz was named actor of the year for his role in Tarantino’s Basterds as the ‘Jew Hunter.’

Quentin Tarantino was given the Dilys Powell award for excellence in cinema for his work as a director, screenwriter, producer and actor.

The writer-director whose Inglourious Basterds has eight Oscar nominations said: “Hands down – this is the middle of my career.

“I like the idea of giving the award to someone where you think their best work might still be in front of them as an encouragement.”

Judge Solomons said: “Quentin is the most passionate, daring and exciting director in America and is always engaged with the evolution of cinema.”

To mark the 30th year of the awards, Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now was named best film of the last 30 years.

The screenwriter of the year prize went to Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Toni Roche for political satire In the Loop.

Oscar nominees Colin Firth and Carey Mulligan took the British actor and actress of the year awards for their respective roles in A Single Man and An Education.

Mulligan, who is Oscar-nominated for the same role, admitted she had no dress or speech arranged for ceremony on 7 March.

“It’s so crazy to be in the same category as Meryl Streep – it’s bizarre,” she said.