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Festival prize for Carradine film

David Carradine
Carradine plays a poet named Jesse Gabriel Vargas in My Suicide

One of the final movies made by late Kill Bill star David Carradine has been recognised at the Raindance independent film festival in central London.

Teen movie My Suicide shared the best international feature prize - one of eight awards presented on Sunday.

Colin, a zombie film made for just £45 on a camcorder, received a "best micro budget" accolade as the 17th Raindance festival came to a close.

Prizes were also awarded at the Dinard Festival of British Film in France.

White Lightnin', the offbeat story of an Appalachian "mountain dancer" from West Virginia, won the Golden Hitchcock on Saturday - the annual event's main prize.

Veteran actress Charlotte Rampling received a special award as the Brittany-based film festival celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Eccentric

Carradine, 72, was found in a Bangkok hotel room in June having died from asphyxiation.

The actor appears in My Suicide as a poet whose verse inspires a high school student to plan his own death.

John Hurt as Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York
An Englishman in New York takes its title from Sting's song about Crisp

This year's Raindance closed with The Girlfriend Experience, a Steven Soderbergh drama about a New York call girl.

The event has shown 75 feature films and more than 150 shorts since opening on 30 September with a screening of risque US comedy Humpday.

The Dinard festival launched on Thursday with An Englishman in New York, a sequel to landmark 1975 TV drama The Naked Civil Servant.

Actor John Hurt introduced the film, which sees him reprise his role as late British eccentric Quentin Crisp.

Hurt told the BBC news website that the movie, which traces Crisp's later years as an ex-pat in Manhattan, will be shown on ITV1 shortly before Christmas.

Light-hearted

The 69-year-old won a Bafta TV award for his original portrayal of the self-styled "Stately Homo of England", who died in 1999.

But the actor played down the notion that further accolades may be forthcoming, merely saying it would be "very nice" were his work to be recognised again.

Other awards at Dinard went to Sounds Like Teen Spirit, a light-hearted documentary about the Junior Eurovision contest, which went home with an audience award.

Jean Charles - a film based on the life of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian electrician who was fatally shot by police in London in 2005 - received a screenwriting prize.

It is hoped the drama, which has already opened in Brazil, will receive a UK release next year.



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