Francis Lee’s directorial debut God’s Own Country has won the prestigious Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The winner of the 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival Award for Best British Feature Film has gone to Francis Lee’s directorial debut God’s Own Country.
The film, which received its UK premiere at the festival, stars Josh O’Connor as a Yorkshire sheep farmer whose life is transformed when he meets a migrant work. The film previously screened in the world drama category at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as the UK’s only shortlisted film.
God’s Own Country was chosen by the Michael Powell Jury who noted the film’s “singularity of storytelling and consistency of vision”. They praised Lee’s “assured direction” and the “raw and endearing performances” in a film that boasts “authenticity that is both tender and brutal”.
“We present the Michael Powell Award to God’s Own Country, directed by Francis Lee, a film with a . Assured direction with raw and endearing performances result in a film that has an authenticity that is both tender and brutal, a ”
The Michael Powell Jury, comprised of award-winning composer David Arnold, International Film Festival Rotterdam Artistic Director, Bero Beyer, and BAFTA-nominated film and television writer Andrea Gibb, displayed a pleasing “juxtaposition of landscape and emotion, which explores the question of what it means to be a man.”
The Michael Powell Award, which is supported by the BFI and lottery funding through Creative England, celebrates great British filmmaking.
Francis Lee said: “I am thrilled with this honour for God’s Own Country, especially when you consider the British films that have won before. After premiering at Sundance and Berlin it has been wonderful to see how the film has created a real resonance with people and that is why the Michael Powell Award feels so brilliant.”