David Bowie’s son shoots for the Moon at Bifa

Dec 7, 2009

Director Duncan Jones - once known as Zowie Bowie - scoops awards for his film debut

David Bowie's son - who grew up with the unfortunate moniker Zowie Bowie, but is now known as Duncan Jones - was the big winner at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday night.

Jones (pictured above with his father at this year's Sundance Film Festival) may have changed his name but he has obviously inherited his dad's fascination with all things cosmic. His directorial debut - released 40 years after Bowie Snr put out the single Space Oddity - is called Moon and tells the story of a solitary astronaut manning a lunar mining facility.
The film, which stars American actor Sam Rockwell and features Kevin Spacey as the voice of a computer system, won the award for Best Film. Jones was also handed the prize for Best Debut Director at Sunday night’s ceremony in London.
Moon was made for just $5m and has drawn comparisons with Nicholas Roeg's 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth, which starred Bowie.
Another big winner at the awards was Fish Tank directed by Andrea Arnold, a gritty drama set in Essex that made waves at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.
Arnold won best director and the film's star Katie Jarvis, who was discovered as she had an argument with her boyfriend at Tilbury train station, was named most promising newcomer.
The Bifa awards were created in 1998 and are for British films made on a budget of less than £10m. They have grown in stature in recent years and last year's big winner Slumdog Millionaire went on to Oscar success.
Films including Nowhere Boy, In The Loop and Looking for Eric also had success last night and actors Daniel Day-Lewis – soon to be seen in the musical Nine - and Michael Caine were both given special awards at the ceremony.
The awards boasted a glamorous guestlist with the likes of Carey Mulligan (who won best actress for An Education) and Bond girls Eva Green and Gemma Arterton in attendance. Green suffered something of a wardrobe malfunction as she struggled down the red carpet in a dress so tight she could barely walk.

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