Yesterday, Monday 15 June, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), announced 2009’s Michael Powell Jury in addition to the other five juries deliberating across the Festival’s awards.
President of this year’s Michael Powell Jury is director Joe Wright (ATONEMENT; PRIDE & PREJUDICE). Joining him on the Jury are journalist, broadcaster and author Janet Street-Porter; USA Today film critic Claudia Puig; Academy Award® Best Actor nominee and Broadway legend Frank Langella (FROST/NIXON; GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK) and acclaimed Australian actor Sacha Horler (PRAISE; MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX).
Jury President, Joe Wright, commented: “I am honoured to be in a such illustrious company as this year's jury and I am thrilled to be back at the Edinburgh Film Festival, which has always been the greatest melting pot of the British film industry and culture. Bring it on.”
Named in homage to one of Britain's most original filmmakers and inaugurated in 1993, the Michael Powell Award is sponsored by the UK Film Council and carries a prize of £20,000 one of the largest film awards currently available in the UK. Rewarding imagination and creativity in British filmmaking, 2008 saw Shane Meadows win The Michael Powell Award for SOMERS TOWN, and the Jury awarded Robert Carlyle the PPG Award for Best Performance in a British Film for SUMMER.