Matt Johnson’s The Dirties big winner with Vancouver critics

The debut feature was named best Canadian film, best first Canadian film and earned the director the best actor prize for his turn before the cameras.
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Matt Johnson’s high school revenge drama The Dirties was the big winner in the Canadian section on Tuesday night as the Vancouver Film Critics Circle handed out its awards.

Johnson’s debut feature was named best Canadian film and best first film.

Johnson also earned the best actor in a Canadian film trophy for his star turn in the picture.

Also Tuesday night, The Dirties lost out to the Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky documentary Watermark for the best Canadian film prize at the Toronto Film Critics Association kudosfest in Toronto.

Other prize-giving in Vancouver included the best director of a Canadian film prize going to Jeff Barnaby for Rhymes for Young Ghouls.

The Canadian acting categories saw Sophie Desmarais win for best actress for her work in Sarah Prefers to Run, while Alexandre Landry won best supporting actor in a Canadian film for Gabrielle.

And the best supporting actress prize went to Tom at the Farm‘s Lise Roy, while Chelsea McMullan’s My Prairie Home won for best documentary, and Ben Ratner’s Down River was named best B.C. feature.

In the international movie section, Vancouver critics named Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave as the best film of 2013.