Our Celebrity Quotes

Raindance Is Unique

Here's what some celebrities have to say about Raindance...

Ewan McGregor 


 

 

 

"Better than a BAFTA"

Ewan McGregor
Actor - Trainspotting / Shallow Grave / Velvet Goldmine

 

 

 

 Mick Jones


 

"I like that it’s young…I like really new ideas coming up all the time and I think Raindance, particularly, reflects that."

Mick Jones
Musician – The Clash

 

 

 

Ken Loach


“Raindance has supported our films since it began because to find films which are so genuinely independent is quite rare...Raindance has done a very useful and very good job in promoting independent British cinema.”

Ken Loach
Director - Kes / Sweet Sixteen / The Wind That Shakes the Barley

 

 



Michael Madsen


  “Raindance. I like the name. It sounds dignified.”

  Michael Madsen
  Actor – Reservoir Dogs / Kill Bill: Vol 1 & 2 / Donnie Brasco

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Eaton


 

"The British Independent Film Awards are the most important   and relevant awards for filmmakers in the UK. Together with the Raindance Festival they are a huge influence and support to independent filmmakers"

Andrew Eaton
Producer - 24 Hour Party People / Wonderland / The Claim

  

Rebecca O’Brien


 

 

"Raindance plays a vital role in promoting British film, especially through the Awards. It’s so important to raise the profile when we compete against the market of Hollywood"

Rebecca O’Brien
Producer - My Name is Joe / Bread and Roses / Sweet Sixteen

 

 

 

 

 

 Mike Leigh


  
"The Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards make a unique and very special contribution to independent film in the UK. They should be taken extremely seriously"

Mike Leigh
Director - All or Nothing / Topsy-Turvy / Secrets and Lies / Naked

 

 

Paul Greengrass


   

 

 

"Raindance does an indispensable job supporting independent film and provides a distinctive voice in world cinema"

Paul Greengrass
Director - Bloody Sunday / United 93 / The Bourne Supremacy

 

  

 

Simon Channing-Williams


   

 

 

 

"The whole Raindance set-up is of real importance within the British film industry. Its aims and ambitions are vital. They have become an established event with a frankness of approach which helps promote our films both here and abroad"

Simon Channing-Williams
Producer - Nicholas Nickleby / Topsy-Turvy / Secrets and Lies

 

 

 

 

   The Guardian


 

"Britain’s largest, most exciting independent film festival, as likely to generate hit films as any of its mainstream rivals"

                                                                  

Alan Rickman


 

 

"Through the Film Festival and the Awards, Raindance continues to inspire and encourage. A natural force in independent filmmaking and long may it 'rain'"

Alan Rickman
Actor - Harry Potter / Truly, Madly, Deeply / Die Hard


  

 

 

Paul Laverty


  

 


"The people behind Raindance and the Awards seem full of energy and imagination, laced with a healthy dose of mischief- a perfect combination to encourage new talent. Good luck to them and their supporters"

Paul Laverty
Writer - Sweet Sixteen / Bread and Roses


 

 

 

 

 Bill Nighy


 

 


"Independence is everything. We need an independent cinema for our national health"

Bill Nighy
Actor - The Constant Gardener / Shaun of the Dead / Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

 

 

 

 

Gillies MacKinnon


 

 

"From Raindance East to the glamour of the British Independent Film Awards, Raindance is a fantastic resource for young filmmakers, providing a forum for discussion, training and a showcase for their talents"

Gillies MacKinnon
Director - Small Faces / Hideous Kinky / Regeneration / Pure

 

 

 

 

  

Neil Hunter


 


"I remember going to Raindance events when I was starting out. They were an important part of the struggle to keep despondency at bay. Which is to say, the struggle to keep going. As for the Film Awards, now that BAFTA has become an Oscar weathervane, it is surely appropriate and valuable that there is one awards-giving that is aimed exclusively at British work"

Neil Hunter
Director - The Lawless Heart / Boyfriends


Matt Mueller


  

"Having been on a few myself, I am a big supporter of Raindance’s screenwriting courses. They are fun, they are affordable, but most importantly they are a fantastic training ground for future talent and people hoping to make their mark in the industry. I offer my wholehearted endorsement to Raindance’s training programme"

Matt Mueller
Editor - Total Film



  

 

Mike Figgis


 


"Raindance fills a big gap in the UK film scene. I’ve been involved for a few years now screening films, doing Q&A’s and workshops. The kind of people who attend these events are the future film makers. Raindance is a good thing. Support it please"

Mike Figgis
Director - Hotel / Timecode / Leaving Las Vegas

 




 

  

 

Nik Powell


 

Nik Powell at BIFA

"In its efforts to discover and promote new talent, Raindance is an asset to the British film industry today"

Nik Powell
Producer - Mona Lisa / Scandal / The Crying Game


 

 

 

Shekhar Kapur


 

 

"They say how increasingly difficult it is for people starting out in this business- less money around, fewer opportunities and so on. But there’s a saying that talent will out itself and it’s events like the Raindance Film Festival that enable this"

Shekhar Kapur
Director - Bandit Queen / Elizabeth / The Four Feathers


 


  

Christos Michaels


 

"I believe Raindance provides a fertile breeding ground for new ideas, talent and collaboration which I would hope to be involved with in the future"

Christos Michaels
Head of Legal Affairs / Icon



 

Jonathan Pryce


 

 


"Please support Raindance and help ensure the future of independent filmmaking in this country"

Jonathan Pryce
Actor - Ronin / Evita / Brazil / Tomorrow Never Dies




 

 

 

Sarah Radclyffe


 
"Raindance is one of the most energised, exciting organisations around. We have absolutely nothing else like it"

Sarah Radclyffe
Producer - Cofounder Working Title

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