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Rock legend's son lands lunar film glory at industry awards

PUBLISHED: 16:13 09 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 12 August 2010

LAS VEGAS - JUNE 11:  Director Duncan Jones of 'Moon' poses for a portrait during the 2009 CineVegas film festival held at the Palms Casino Resort June 12, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for CineVegas)

LAS VEGAS - JUNE 11: Director Duncan Jones of 'Moon' poses for a portrait during the 2009 CineVegas film festival held at the Palms Casino Resort June 12, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for CineVegas)

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HE was christened Zowie Bowie but now he has gone on to make his own name in the film industry by scooping two prestigious awards. Duncan Jones, son of rock legend David Bowie, has scooped two awards at the British independent film awards (Bifas) for his

HE was christened Zowie Bowie but now he has gone on to make his own name in the film industry by scooping two prestigious awards.

Duncan Jones, son of rock legend David Bowie, has scooped two awards at the British independent film awards (Bifas) for his sci-fi film Moon.

The Bromley-born director, Bowie's eldest child from his first marriage to Angie Barnett, received prizes for best film and best debut director.

Moon, starring Sam Rockwell, received critical acclaim when it was released in January at the Sundance Film Film Festival before going on to win the Best New British Feature award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival ahead of its US and UK release this summer.

The film, made for just £2.5 million helped by money from Trudie Styler, centres on the life of the solitary astronaut caretaker of a mining plant on the Moon with his only companion being a talking computer system called Gerty, voiced by Kevin Spacey.

Jones, 38, may well go on to scoop an Oscar as last year's Bifa winner was Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire.

The other film to win two Bifas at the London ceremony last Saturday was Fish Tank by Dartford's Andrea Arnold.

She won best director for the film, which won a jury prize at Cannes, which tells the story about an aggressive but well-meaning Essex girl Mia and her relationship with her mum's new boyfriend.

Actress Katie Jarbis, who was discovered after a casting agent heard her having a row with her boyfriend at Tilbury railway station, won an award for most promising newcomer.

kate.mead@archant.co.uk

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