Just Charlie a hit at EIFF

Transgender drama wins Audience Award

by Amber Wilkinson

Just Charlie was named Audience Award Winner at EIFF
Just Charlie was named Audience Award Winner at EIFF
The 71st edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival drew to a close last night with the world premiere of England Is Mine.

Before the screening of the biopic - which charts the younger years of Smiths frontman Morrissey - the festival's artistic director announced the Audience Award winner.

The accolade - which is based on votes from screenings - went to Rebekah Fortune's Just Charlie, a coming-of-age drama about a transgender teenager.

Writing on Facebook after the award had been announced, the filmmakers wrote: "Can't help ourselves ... screaming it from every roof top... So proud, so delighted and incredibly honoured."

The screening of England Is Mine was attended by director Mark Gill and stars Jessica Brown-Findlay, Laurie Kynaston, Simone Kirby, Jack Lowden, Jodie Comer and Adam Lawrence.

This year's festival screened 151 films from 46 countries. Read about the jury award winners here.

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