London – Thursday 1 November 2012
Britain's leading film critics have today announced that their 33rd awards ceremony will be held to benefit the charity Missing People. The awards will be presented on 20 January 2013 at BFI Southbank, with the event expected to attract a host of well-known British and international film talent. The awards are presented by the Film Section of The Critics' Circle, which celebrates its centenary in 2013. This year's ceremony will also launch Missing People's 20th anniversary as a lifeline when someone disappears.
Since the first edition in 1980, the London Critics' Circle Film Awards have become an anticipated and respected fixture in the annual film calendar. The awards are unique in that they represent the opinions of the UK’s leading film critics and are held in aid of a charity. In recent years guests and award winners have included Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarantino, Cate Blanchett, Michael Caine, Sienna Miller, Martin Scorsese, Vanessa Redgrave, Emma Thompson, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet and Lord Attenborough.
This year's ceremony drew a star-studded red carpet with guests including Michael Fassbender, Jean Dujardin, Carey Mulligan, Kenneth Branagh, Olivia Colman and iconic filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, who was presented with the Dilys Powell Award by Donald Sutherland. Winning films included international hits The Artist and A Separation, both of which went on to receive further acclaim at the BAFTA and Academy Awards. British films were also strongly represented with other award-winners including We Need to Talk About Kevin,Shame, Senna, Weekend, Tyrannosaur, The Iron Lady and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Chairman of The Critics’ Circle Film Section, Jason Solomons, comments: "I am delighted that we are working with Missing People to present this year's ceremony and raise the profile of this charity, which does important work on behalf of missing children and adults and their families.
"The London Critics' Circle Film Awards stand out from the crowd – they are a part of the awards calendar and conversation and they also highlight film achievements that may be overlooked by other awards events. And I am also delighted that our event will be staged at BFI Southbank's legendary venue for a third year, cementing our awards' position at the very heart of British film culture, heritage and industry."
Chairman of Missing People, John Reiss, adds: "We are immensely grateful to the Critics' Circle for making us the charity beneficiary of their prestigious Film Awards, an occasion which will mark the start of our 20th anniversary.
"Missing People is a 24/7 lifeline when someone disappears. We are a lifeline at 2am when a frightened teenager rings from the streets. We are a lifeline to the family of the elderly father who has not been seen since he went to the shops. We are a small charity but punch way above our weight in responding to situations such as these."
For further press information about the Awards please contact:
Matty O’Riordan / Claire Gascoyne
Tel: 020 7292 8330
For further press information about Missing People, please contact:
Tel: 020 8392 4510
Notes to Editors:
About The Critics' Circle
Established in 1913, The Critics' Circle is the oldest organisation of its kind in the world, with more than 400 members who work in the UK media as critics of drama, art and architecture, music, film and dance. The Film Section has more than 120 voting members working as film critics, journalists and broadcasters, and has presented its awards annually since 1980. www.criticscircle.org.uk
About Missing People
An estimated 250,000 people go missing each year in the UK. The youngest of those can face physical and sexual abuse while 1 in 4 missing adults end up sleeping rough. Missing People has a team on hand 24 hours a day, providing a confidential free lifeline when someone disappears. The charity also coordinates a UK wide search network of volunteers, community and media partners. For every £1 donated the charity delivers £2 of value, enabling the safe reconnection of 1,051 missing people last year. www.missingpeople.org.uk
About the 33rd London Critics' Circle Film Awards
Nominations will be announced on 17th December, with members of the Film Section of The Critics' Circle voting the following categories:
• Film of the Year
• Foreign Language Film of the Year
• Documentary of the Year
• Director of the Year
• Actor of the Year
• Actress of the Year
• Supporting Actor of the Year
• Supporting Actress of the Year
• British Film of the Year
• British Actor of the Year
• British Actress of the Year
• Breakthrough British Film-Maker
• Young British Performer of the Year
• Screenwriter of the Year
• Technical Achievement Award
• Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film
Enquiries about the Critics' Circle should be made to the Hon Gen Sec Rick Jones by email email@example.com or telephone 020 8698 2460.