Saint Maud leads the list of nominations for the 2020 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), announced by British actors Holliday Grainger and Micheal Ward.
The psychological horror follows live-in nurse Maud as she arrives at the home of Amanda, a famous dancer now frail from illness and trapped in her grand, isolated house. At first Amanda is intrigued by this religious young woman and Maud, in turn, is bewitched by her new patient. But Maud is not all that she seems. She is tormented by a violent secret from her past and by ecstatic messages she believes are directly from God. She becomes convinced she has been sent to Amanda not simply as a nurse, but to serve a divine purpose. As her grip on reality slides out of control, Maud’s care turns into a deadly mission to save Amanda’s soul, by any means necessary.
Rising star Morfydd Clark, in a breakout performance, and BAFTA and Tony Award-winner Jennifer Ehle come together in this debut film from writer/director and Screen ‘Star of Tomorrow’, Rose Glass.
Rose told me that she likes to scare people and how she accidentally managed to make this perfectly timed and terrifying tale.
Just released in Irish cinemas by Studiocanal UK, Saint Maud is nominated for a starggering 17 BIFA’s including Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Film and Best Director, as well as in the debut categories: Breakthrough Producer, Debut Director and Debut Screenwriter sponsored by Film4. Morfydd Clark is nominated for Best Actress and Jennifer Ehle for Supporting Actress.
The film also features heavily in the technical categories with nominations for Best Casting sponsored by Casting Society of America & Spotlight, Best Cinematography sponsored by Dirty Looks, Best Costume Design, Best Editing sponsored by Intermission Film, Best Make Up & Hair Design, Best Production Design sponsored by Studio Juice, Best Sound and Best Effects.
BIFA winners will be announced in early February.