Keith Lemon: The Film honoured at inaugural Barftas (British Academy of Rubbish Films and Terrible Acting)

Britain's answer to The Razzies honours Vernon Kaye's cameo on Keith Lemon for the line “I’ll have the bangers and gash”

Keith Lemon: The Film was never likely to trouble the academies voting on worthy Oscar and Bafta winners. Yet the widely panned movie will not leave award season empty handed after picking up three awards at Britain’s answer to The Razzies.

The members of Barfta, the British Academy of Rubbish Films and Terrible Acting, met on Wednesday night for the inaugural awards to honour the worst works released in the UK over the past year. The support for Keith Lemon: The Film was almost unanimous.

The movie, which stars Leigh Francis as the title characters and had a host of cameos from David Hasselhoff to Fearne Cotton, was dubbed a “crude, unfunny film” by Time Out, whose reviewer added: “Career lows all round, then?”

It beat competition from A Fantastic Fear of Everything, starring Simon Pegg, A Few Best Men, and Elfie Hopkins to land the worst picture award.

The Barftas were thought up by “secretive, not entirely sober” a group of critics and industry professionals, and was backed by online showbiz newsletter Popbitch.

Camilla Wright, co-founder of Popbitch, said: “The whole thing has been enormous fun, although maybe not while watching the films,” before adding: “It’s good natured. The tone is meant to be love with a bit of a reality check.”

The inspiration was The Golden Raspberries, dubbed The Razzies, which has been running for more than two decades in the US. Those awards are presented on the eve of the Oscars, with Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part II picking up seven gongs this year.

In the UK, “there was only ever going to be one winner,” Ms Wright said. Keith Lemon also won worst dialogue, following the cameo from TV presenter Vernon Kaye, for the line “I’ll have the bangers and gash” after he witnesses a food sex scene in a restaurant.

Francis also picked up the award for worst female acting performance for his portrayal of Keith Lemon, playing Mel B, of the Spice Girls fame.

The Barfta members said that 2012 was a “bumper season for terrible film” and in a year where any of the nominees could have walked away with the top prize, the winner “has proved itself to be something very special indeed”.

In a reference to the Bafta and Oscar winning film Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, the Barfta academy said: “Anyone can make Argo, it takes a rare talent to produce Keith Lemon: The Film.” No one from the movie’s distributor Lionsgate responded to comment.

Worst Hollywood film went to This Means War, a spy comedy starring Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon. It beat Madonna’s directorial debut W.E. and the reboot of Total Recall starring Colin Farrell.

Nic Cage was awarded the worst male lead performance for the title role in Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, beating Adam Sandler, Ray Winstone, Ben Stiller and even Sean Penn, nominated for This Must Be the Place.

Ms Wright said the academy would expand its membership next year, when there would be a full ceremony with statuettes. This year the lucky winners will be awarded “mystery gifts”.

“I think there’s mileage to it. I’m surprised how fun it has been in watching films to see how bad they are,” she said, adding that some of those expected to be nominated have expressed interest in attending.

Already this year there are two films likely to feature on the list. Star-studded flop Movie 43 was dubbed the “Citizen Kane of awful” in the US, while Run For Your Wife, starring Danny Dyer has been largely panned by critics in the UK, described by one as "about as funny as leprosy".

Click here for the Barfta Awards winners list and nominees in full

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Place Blanche, Paris, 1961, shot by Christer Strömholm
photographyHow the famous camera transformed photography for ever
Arts and Entertainment
The ‘Westmacott Athlete’
art
Arts and Entertainment
‘The Royals’ – a ‘twisted, soapy take on England’s first family’
tv Some of the characters appear to have clear real-life counterparts
News
Brooks is among a dozen show-business professionals ever to have achieved Egot status
people
Arts and Entertainment
A cut above: Sean Penn is outclassed by Mark Rylance in The Gunman
film review
Arts and Entertainment
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
James Franco and Zachary Quinto in I Am Michael

Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight

Arts and Entertainment
A scene from the movie 'Get Hard'
tvWill Ferrell’s new film Get Hard receives its first reviews
Arts and Entertainment
Left to right: David Cameron (Mark Dexter), Nick Clegg (Bertie Carvel) and Gordon Brown (Ian Grieve)
tvReview: Ian Grieve gets another chance to play Gordon Brown... this is the kinder version
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the first look picture from next year's Sherlock special

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Because it wouldn’t be Glastonbury without people kicking off about the headline acts, a petition has already been launched to stop Kanye West performing on the Saturday night

music
Arts and Entertainment
Molly Risker, Helen Monks, Caden-Ellis Wall, Rebekah Staton, Erin Freeman, Philip Jackson and Alexa Davies in ‘Raised by Wolves’

TV review
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in the Top Gear Patagonia Special

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Game of Thrones will run for ten years if HBO gets its way but showrunners have mentioned ending it after seven

Game of Thrones
Arts and Entertainment
Mans Zelmerlow will perform 'Heroes' for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015

music
Arts and Entertainment
Elizabeth (Heida Reed) and Ross Poldark (Aiden Turner) in the BBC's remake of their 1975 original Poldark

Poldark review
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    No postcode? No vote

    Floating voters

    How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
    Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

    By Reason of Insanity

    Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
    Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

    Power dressing is back

    But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
    Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

    Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

    Caves were re-opened to the public
    'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

    Vince Cable interview

    'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
    Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

    Promises, promises

    But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
    The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

    The death of a Gaza fisherman

    He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
    Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

    Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

    Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
    Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

    The only direction Zayn could go

    We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
    Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

    Spells like teen spirit

    A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
    Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

    If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

    British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
    Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

    Licence to offend in the land of the free

    Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
    From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

    From farm to fork in Cornwall

    One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
    Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

    Robert Parker interview

    The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
    Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

    Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

    We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor