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Black director tipped for top film prize

PRIZE IS RIGHT: Artist Steve McQueen who has turned his talent to film-making could scoop a top prize for his latest film

BLACK BRITISH director Steve McQueen could scoop a second film prize at one of the world’s oldest film festivals.

Shame is one of a trio of Brit offerings in with a chance of claiming the top award – the Golden Lion – at the Venice Film Festival.

Produced by Film Four with funds from the now-defunct UK Film Council, it tells the story of sex addict Brandon (Michael Fassbender) whose habits are interrupted when his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) joins him in New York.

Not put off by graphic scenes of Brandon’s obsessive debauchery, the film has received warm reviews since its premier on Sunday.

It could earn the Turner Prize-winning artist from London his second accolade for film-making.

His debut offering Hunger won the Golden Camera in 2008 at Cannes for his portrayal of the 1981 Irish hunger strikes.

The winning film will be announced on September 10.

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