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Father’s pride at director’s BAFTA

PUBLISHED: 13:07 25 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 25 August 2010

THE father of an avant-garde director who scooped her second BAFTA praised his daughter saying the girl done good . Fish Tank, the second feature-length film from Dartford-born director Andrea Arnold, 49, won the Outstanding British Film award at London

THE father of an avant-garde director who scooped her second BAFTA praised his daughter saying "the girl done good".

Fish Tank, the second feature-length film from Dartford-born director Andrea Arnold, 49, won the Outstanding British Film award at London's Royal Opera House.

Speaking after the win on Sunday, her proud father John, who still lives in Dartford, said: "She did really well didn't she? The girl done good."

He added: "Andrea, or Pandrea as I call her, is quite a private person, so she's just keeping low right now. She doesn't stand by convention."

The awards impressed critics by avoiding big-money films with newcomer Carey Mulligan scooping the Best Actress Award and Colin Firth named Best Actor for his role in A Single Man.

Ms Arnold made her directorial debut in 2005 with the Oscar-winning short film Wasp and went on to win the Cannes Festival's Jury Prize twice - for Red Road in 2006 and Fish Tank last year. Red Road, her first feature film, also won a BAFTA in 2007.

Speaking after giving a bizarre acceptance speech which included a description of her previous night's dream, she said: "It's a really British film. Fish Tank has been described as not a pretty vision of Britain, so the fact that people are giving us this Bafta tonight means a hell of a lot.

"It's not really an easy ride this film, so I appreciate being supported by my homies."

Ms Arnold, who attended Fleetdown Junior School (now Leigh Technology Academy) until she moved to Greenwich in her teens, added: "I definitely didn't expect this. You just don't. How can you possibly expect it? I definitely didn't."

The film stars Katie Jarvis, 18, from Dartford, who has shot to fame on the strength of her performance, having never acted before.

It tracks the unstable lives of a family in a council estate and stars Jarvis as flawed heroine, Mia. She shares an apartment with her mother and sister before her mother's new man Connor (Michael Fassbender) moves in, further destabilizing the family.

lizzie.thornton@archant.co.uk


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