Magazine article Screen International

The BFI's Five Biggest Distribution Awards of 2016

Magazine article Screen International

The BFI's Five Biggest Distribution Awards of 2016

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By Screen staff

1= HIGH-RISE (£300,000)

Ben Wheatley's smart and striking adaptation of JG Ballard's seminal novel High-Rise, starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015, before being screened at festivals including San Sebastian, London and Turin. The film enjoyed a wide release through Studiocanal, opening on March 18 in 153 sites and going on to achieve a UK box-office gross of £2m.

1= I, DANIEL BLAKE (£300,000)

Ken Loach's Palme d'Or winner about the oppressive bureaucracy of the welfare system has proven the veteran director's most commercially successful film since his 2006 historical drama The Wind That Shakes The Barley. eOne opened the film on October 21 and soon increased its screen count to 273, nudging the film up to a £3m local haul.

2. MOONLIGHT (£175,000)

Barry Jenkins' critically praised character drama about the struggles of a gay African-American growing up in inner-city Miami is scheduled for a UK release on February 24 through Altitude. The Oscar hopeful, handled by A24 in the US, premiered at Telluride and has grossed $11.6m in the US to date. …

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