Kenneth Branagh thrilled with indie film gong
Kenneth Branagh last night said it was "thrilling" to be honoured at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).
The actor and director received The Variety Award in London at a glamorous awards ceremony attended by stars, including Vanessa Redgrave, Hayley Atwell, Gemma Arterton and Brendan Gleeson (right).
The event was hosted by Roscommon actor Chris O'Dowd.
Mr Branagh said it was "very exciting and thrilling" to have received the award and added it was "very important" to honour independent film.
"These are people who are publishing stories which are very connected with what the British public might be interested in, what society is interested in, what the zeitgeist is about and that is important.
"The nation needs to talk about itself and hold a mirror up to nature and these films are doing that and the more they are doing that the better."
'Harry Potter' star Ralph Fiennes was also honoured for his outstanding contribution to British film with the Richard Harris award, named after the legendary actor and hellraiser.