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JSA Chairman, Andrew Goodman, and MD, Rick Flood, together with their guests from the UKs top recruitment organisations, Milestone, HB Capital, Sprite Recruitment, TEW Engineering and Alexander Leigh, rubbed shoulders with A-list stars from the British film world last night, at the 30th London Critics Circle Film Awards, which took place at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone and was hosted by Jason Isaacs, star of the Harry Potter films among many others.

The oldest organisation of its kind in the world, the Critics Circle was founded in 1913 and their annual film awards were established in 1980 and in 1995, the London Critics Circle Film Awards joined forces with the NSPCC and have supported the charity ever since. The awards have been held annually since then and have become one of the major cinema awards ceremonies in the UK, honouring the work of both British and international filmmakers. It is the only Awards ceremony that benefits a charity.

It was a truly glamorous event, attended by top celebrities and film associates who were honoured with awards on the night, including special guest Quentin Tarantino, who was honoured with the Critics Circles highest award for his outstanding contribution to cinema as a director, screenwriter, producer and actor.

Joining Tarantino on the red carpet were the cream of British film talent, including Colin Firth, John Hurt, Andy Serkis, Anne-Marie Duff, Michael Fassbender, Timothy Spall and rising star Carey Mulligan, to name but a few. The evening involved a glittering champagne reception, a star-studded awards ceremony, followed by a three-course dinner and after-dinner entertainment.

Oscar nominees Colin Firth and Carey Mulligan scooped the awards for British actor and actress of the year, for their respective roles in A Single Man and An Education. Cannes prizewinning film A Prophet beat the American box office hit, Avatar to take the prize for film of the year. British film of the year went to Andrea Arnolds gritty drama, Fish Tank, which also won three other awards last night. Its young star, newcomer, Katie Jarvis, who plays the lead role of 15-year-old Mia, took the award for young British performer of the year. She was cast after being spotted by a talent scout, having a row with her boyfriend at a train station.

Kathryn Bigelow was named director of the year for the Iraq bomb disposal thriller, The Hurt Locker, which is nominated for nine Oscars against her ex-husband James Camerons Avatar. Anne-Marie Duff won the Best Supporting Actress honour for her role as John Lennon's mother in Nowhere Boy. David Bowie's son Duncan Jones was presented with the Breakthrough British Filmmaker honour for his directorial debut Moon.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Awards, the Critics Circle introduced a special award selected from the best of its winners since 1980. The 30th Anniversary Award went to prestigious film maker Francis Ford Coppolas highly acclaimed Apocalypse Now and was presented by legendary film critic, Barry Norman.

Andrew and Rick, together with their guests George Campbell-Collins and Adam Thompson (both Directors of Milestone), together with Milestone FD, Bertie Maxwell, Tristan Ramus and Katie Leviten (both of HB Capital), Frankie Bellavia (Director, Sprite Recruitment), Paul Unwin (TEW Engineering), Damien McFaul (MD of Alexander Leigh) and Damiens business partner, Jason Robinson enjoyed pre-dinner drinks at bar twotwentytwo in the Landmark Hotel, followed by the glitzy Awards ceremony itself, and then a sumptuous dinner with champagne and drinks flowing all night.

Jason Robinson of Alexander Leigh said of the evening: Thoroughly enjoyable evening supplied by JSA, great opportunity to rub shoulders with the stars. Highlight of the evening was meeting Quentin Tarantino and getting his autograph. Superb night!

Damien McFaul, MD of Alexander Leigh added: I had a great evening thanks very much for being invited. Rick and Andrew were the perfect hosts!

JSA MD, Rick Flood, said: It was a very enjoyable evening with an excellent group of people that will no doubt enhance the relationship between JSA and those partner firms represented. It was very exciting for JSA and our guests to be part of this glamorous event and to have the opportunity to mingle with such legendary stars and directors. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and congratulate everyone who won an award last night.


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