Remember Zowie Bowie? He was the kid born to David Bowie and his wife Angela. Now Zowie Bowie is Duncan Jones, film director. On Monday, Jones took home the Best Director prize from the British Independent Film Awards for his “Moon,” starring Sam Rockwell. And “Moon” won Best Feature as well. Not bad for a small film that Sony Pictures Classics released here to little fanfare.
I ran into Sam last night at an after party for rocker Sting’s first show at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The connection here is that Mrs Sting, Trudie Styler, was a producer’ on “Moon.” Both she and Sam were a bit stunned at news of the prizes. They didn’t think it had a chance. For Sam, who’s good in everything he does, it was a nice accolade.
For Styler, it’s more confirmation of her good eye as a producer. Her Dito Montiel movie from 2006, “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” featured Shia LaBeouf and Channing Tatum before they were famous. Robert Downey, Jr. was also in that film ‘ which is worth renting. So here’s a secret: it’s Styler who suggested Downey to Guy Ritchie for “Sherlock Holmes.” She also produced Ritchie’s first two movies, “Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” and “Snatch.” So if you like Downey as Sherlock, you have Styler to thank! She sure believes in Guy Ritchie ‘certainly more than another blonde (ahem!).
And Styler is a political activist for the environment, as we all know. She recently spoke at the UN General Assembly’s hearing on climate change. Here’s the text of that important speech
Meanwhile: the British Independent Film Awards gave out a lot of prizes, but the best one, I think, was the Jury Prize to U.K. Daily Mail correspondent and columnist Baz Bamigboye. Baz is the most respected film and theatre writer in London. No one is more deserving. Congrats!