We are absolutely delighted that Brooklyn, backed by our Shelley Media fund, has won the coveted Outstanding British Film award at last night’s BAFTAs. The film won the category competing against Amy45 YearsThe Danish GirlThe Lobster and Ex Machina. The award was presented by Idris Elba and Kate Winslet.

Set in nineteen-fifties Ireland and New York, Brooklyn tells the story of young Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), an Irish girl who, lured by the promise of the USA, leaves behind her family to start a new life in New York. The film was adapted by Nick Hornby from the 2009 award-winning novel by Colm Tóibín. Speaking at last night’s ceremony, Hornby said that getting Brooklyn to the big screen was not easy:

This film was really, really hard to put together… it took five years to get to production because no one would fund us. You have to sort of pinch yourself really to think that it’s made it all the way through to this.

Brooklyn has also been nominated for best picture in this year’s Oscars.