You’ve heard of the Oscars, you’ve heard of the Baftas – now you’d better start getting used to the Victorems. These were the awards handed out at the weekend as the first Newcastle International Film Festival (NIFF) reached its climax at Newcastle Civic Centre. The four-day event brought together people from the worlds of entertainment, business and politics. There was a speech at the awards ceremony from Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who served part of his journalism apprenticeship in Newcastle back in the 1980s. He said the festival had helped to put Newcastle on the international stage. Local legend Victorem awards went to actors Denise Welch and Jill Halfpenny and also to directors Neil Marshall and Geoff Wonfor. Denise Welch, whose film Black Eyed Susan was screened at the festival, Tweeted that she was “thrilled, surprised and honoured”. Victorems also went to film icons from opposite sides of the Atlantic. Ken Loach wasn’t there to collect his award but Dave Johns, the Newcastle comedian-turned-film star who had the title role in Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, was present to host the event. The Victorem was collected on Loach’s behalf by actress Kierston Wareing whose… Read full this story
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