\"It\'s a city with a big heart that\'s been wounded this week, but it will recover,\" he said.
Boyle\'s film follows a young Indian man as he rises from a life on the streets and attempts to reconnect with his lost love by appearing on the Hindi version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
The film took out top honours for best film and best director for Boyle, and most promising newcomer for Dev Patel. Its resounding win at the BIFAs will only add to the Oscar buzz that is already surrounding the film.
Political drama Hunger was also a big winner on the night, with Steve McQueen honoured as a first-time director, and best actor honours for Michael Fassbender\'s transformative turn as hunger striking political prisoner Bobby Sands.
Best foreign film went to Ari Folman\'s animated memoir Waltz With Bashir,
and Man on Wire about Philippe Petit\'s tiptoed tightrope between
New York\'s Twin Towers, was named best documentary.
The full list of winners is as follows:
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
Steve McQueen - Hunger
Martin McDonagh - In
Vera Farmiga - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Michael Fassbender - Hunger
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Alexis Zegerman - Happy-Go-Lucky
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Eddie Marsan - Happy-Go-Lucky
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Cinematography - Sean Bobbitt - Hunger
Man on Wire
BEST BRITISH SHORT
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Waltz with Bashir
THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for Outstanding Contribution to
THE VARIETY AWARD
THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE