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‘Metro Manila’ tops British indie awards

JOHN Arcilla (foreground) and Jake Macapagal star in the British production.

Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” was declared the surprise winner at the British Independent Film Awards, bagging three major honors: best British independent film, director and achievement in production. Filipino actors John Arcilla and Jake Macapagal (nominated for best supporting actor and most promising newcomer, respectively) attended the event held in London on Sunday night.

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‘Metro Manila’ goes places

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It all started with a beach holiday in 2007 and, since then, there seems to be no end in sight for the incessant travels of British director Sean Ellis.

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Filipinos headline 3 films nominated for Oscars

Briton Sean Ellis, second from left, writer-director of ‘Metro Manila’ - Britain’s nominee to the Oscar Awards’ best foreign language film, poses with his actors, from left, Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla and Althea Vega, prior to the premier screening at a cinema in Taguig City on October 3. AP

Filipinos get top billing in three foreign language film nominees in no less than the prestigious Academy Awards.Britain’s nominee as best foreign language film for the Oscars features an all-Filipino cast and a story that traces the sacrifices and hopes of an impoverished family from the countryside that tries its luck in the dark and squalid ghettos of Manila.

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The Philippines, Pinoys in coming Oscars race

JM RODRIGUEZ in “Metro Manila”

The Philippines and Filipino actors are featured in two foreign films vying for the Oscars. British filmmaker Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” was chosen to represent the United Kingdom in the Academy Awards’ best foreign language film category of the Oscars. Shot in the Philippines, “Metro Manila” top-bills Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega, JM Rodriguez and other Filipino actors. It won the audience award at the last Sundance fest.

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‘Metro Manila’ wins at Sundance Film Festival

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British filmmaker Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” wins the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance film fest which ends in Utah Saturday (Sunday Manila time), according to Filipino actor John Arcilla who attended the event.

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