Dirty Pretty Things, the acclaimed thriller set in the twilight world of illegal immigrants eking a living in London, has dominated the nominations for this year's British Independent Film Awards.
The film is up for six gongs, including best film, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, best director for Stephen Frears and best screenplay for Steve Knight. It faces stiff competition from Buffalo Soldiers and Young Adam.
One man who is sure not to walk away empty-handed when the awards are presented on November 4 is Sir Ian McKellen. The Lord of the Rings star will receive the Variety UK personality award for his contribution to the UK movie industry.
Now in their sixth year, the awards were created to celebrate and promote independently-funded British film-making to a wider public.