British Independent Film Awards 2021: Rocks stars Bukky Bakray and Kosar Ali reunite in backstage photo booth pics

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Joe Cole swears at camera as Rocks stars Bukky Bakray and Kosar Ali reunite in backstage pics
Bifa was a star-studded affair (Picture: Rex)

Rocks stars Bukky Bakray and Kosar Ali reunited backstage at tonight’s British Independent Film Awards 2021 (Bifa) and we are obsessed.

The two youngsters, who starred alongside each other in the Netflix coming of age drama which was released on the platform last year, posed for a few snaps as they enjoyed the evening.

Bukky, 19, stunned in a brown and cream dress that featured a square pattern, while Kosar, also 19, wore a sequined black dress and boots.

The duo smiled for the black and white photo booth photos together and was also joined by Angela Black actor Sam Adewunmi.

Elsewhere, Gangs Of London star Joe Cole held two fingers up at the camera as he got involved in the fun.

It was a big night for the film After Love, which beat titles like Belfast and Boiling Point to secure the best British independent film accolade.

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Rocks stars Kosar Ali and Bukky Bakray
Rocks stars Kosar Ali and Bukky Bakray reunited backstage at Bifa (Picture: Rex)

Aleem Khan’s portrayal of a relationship built on marital lies picked up six prizes during the 24th ceremony, which was hosted by comedian Asim Chaudhry.

They included best screenplay and best director for Aleem, who said: ‘Is this actually happening, this is so crazy there are honestly no words.

Exclusive. Mandatory credit: BIFA2021/ROP Mandatory Credit: Photo by ROP/REX/Shutterstock (12627558j) Sam Adewunmi, Kosar Ali and Bukky Bakray 24th British Independent Film Awards, Photo Booth, Old Billingsgate, London, UK - 05 Dec 2021
Sam Adewunmi joined the actresses for a photo (Picture: Rex)
Rocks on Netflix
Rocks debuted on Netflix in 2020 (Picture: Getty)

‘This film at its core is about strangers seeing themselves in one another, I think right now in the world we are living in we can take a lot from that.’

Joanna Scanlan won best actress for her portrayal of a Muslim convert in After Love, uncovering the secret life led by her late husband.

Joe Cole at Bifa 2021
Joe Cole had fun in the photo booth (Picture: Rex)
Susan Wokoma and Elliot Grove at Bifa 2021
Susan Wokoma and Elliot Grove posed for pictures together (Picture: Rex)

Joanna, 60, dedicated her award to Aleem’s mother. She said: ‘I want to thank Aleem’s mum, I met her and she loaned me her clothes, she gave me a lesson in humility, a lesson in love.

‘This is a story of love and what happens when you lose it, the only way to learn to love again is to go through a lot of stuff.

‘She is my inspiration for this performance there is no doubt about that, so thank you.’

The awards night held in London was the second Bifa ceremony to take place in 2021, the first unfolding virtually in February where Sarah Gavron’s Rocks emerged victorious.



British Independent Film Awards 2021 winners list

Best British Independent Film – After Love

Best Director – Aleem Khan, After Love

Best Actress – Joanna Scanlan, After Love

Best Actor – Adeel Akhtar, Ali & Ava

Best Supporting Actress – Vinette Robinson, Boiling Point

Best Supporting Actor – Talid Ariss, After Love

Breakthrough Performance – Nell Barlow, Sweetheart

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) – Aleem Khan, After Love

Best Screenplay – Aleem Khan, After Love

Breakthrough Producer – Michelle Antoniades, Sweetheart

Best Debut Screenwriter – Cathy Brady, Wildfire

The Raindance Discovery Award – Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché, Paul Sng, Celeste Bell, Zoë Howe, Rebecca Mark-Lawson, Matthew Silverman, Daria Nitsche

Best British Short Film – Femme

Best International Independent Film – Flee

Best Casting – Carolyn Mcleod, Boiling Point

Best Cinematography – Matthew Lewis, Boiling Point

Best Costume Design – Grace Snell, The Souvenir Part II

Best Music – Connie Farr, Harry Escott, Ali & Ava

Best Effects – Steven Bray, Mike Knights, Dashcam

Best Editing – Helle Le Fevre, The Souvenir Part II

Best Make-Up & Hair – Vickie Lang, Kristyan Mallett, Donald Mcinnes, The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain

Best Production Design – Stéphane Collonge, The Souvenir Part II

Best Sound – James Drake, Rob Entwistle, Kiff McManus  Boiling Point

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