Control, the biopic of late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, has won five prizes at the British Independent Film Awards.

Anton Corbijn's movie was awarded the best film prize, while lead actor Sam Riley - who had worked in a warehouse before taking the role of Curtis - was named most promising newcomer.

And co-star Toby Kebbell took a best supporting prize for his part as Joy Division manager Rob Gretton, a role ironically once played by Paddy Considine, Kebbell's co-star in Shane Meadows' unforgettable Dead Man's Shoes.

Dutch photographer Corbijn, who shot to fame for his work on U2's The Joshua Tree album and also directed the video for Joy Division's Atmosphere after Curtis' 1980 death, was named best director and best debut director for the film, while Julien Temple's Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten was named best documentary.

Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen took the best actor prize for his role as the driver for a Russian mafia boss in the London-based Eastern Promises, and Dame Judi Dench defeated Anne Hathaway, Sophia Myles, Kierston Wareing and Tannishtha Chatterjee to take home the best actress prize for her part in literary adaptation Notes on a Scandal.

While Bond star Daniel Craig won the Variety award for helping to promote the international standing of British film, Beowulf himself, Ray Winstone, was given the Richard Harris award for outstanding contribution to UK cinema.

"This year's nominations and award winners really highlight the outstanding talent working in the UK with beautiful and thought-provoking films made by both established and emerging filmmakers," said John Woodward, chief executive officer of the UK Film Council.


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