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Greengrass to get BIFAs honour

Paul Greengrass is to receive an award for putting the spotlight on the UK at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

The Captain Phillips director will be presented with the Variety gong at the ceremony, which will be held on December 8 at Old Billingsgate, London.

Jude Law, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis are among the previous recipients of the prize, which is awarded to those who have helped to focus international attention on this country.

Paul - who is president of Directors UK, an association for British filmmakers - received an Oscar nomination for his work on 9/11 drama United 93 and won awards at Berlin and Sundance film festivals for Bloody Sunday.

The British filmmaker, who started as a director for ITV current affairs programme World In Action, is best known for taking on the Bourne spy franchise in The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, starring Matt Damon. His latest film, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, opened the BFI London Film Festival in October.

The British Independent Film Awards, now in its 16th year, will be sponsored by Moet.

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