Controversial British drama BRICK LANE has won two awards in France, just two weeks after its Royal Film Performance was cancelled. The adaptation of Monica Ali's best-selling novel was named Most Popular Film by audiences at the annual Dinard Film Festival as well as scooping the honour for Best Screenplay. Royal officials decided to scrap the screening, which was planned to take place on 29 October (07), after the film sparked controversy when residents of the real Brick Lane in east London claimed that the film insulted their community. Director Sarah Gavron was disappointed the movie was not shown but believes the protests are unfounded. She says, "We're hoping that once people get the opportunity to see the film they'll realise there is nothing in it to object to."