Filmmaker Stephen Frears receives BFI Fellowship – Al-Tahrir News Network


The Oscar-nominated British director Stephen Frears has received the British Film Institute (BFI) Fellowship at the London Film Festival Awards.

During the special ceremony held on October 18, the ‘Philomena’ director was honoured with the highest award bestowed by the BFI for his outstanding contribution to film and television.

The 73-year-old filmmaker was presented with his award at Banqueting House by playwright Sir David Hare who is one of the first writers Frears worked with when he started his career in TV drama.

According to Mail Online, during the ceremony Frears remarked that the fellowship made him feel “geriatric” and added that his career “it’s not over yet”.

He has worked on films including ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, ‘High Fidelity’, ‘The Queen’, and his recent movie ‘Philomena’ received four Oscar nominations.

His 1985 film ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ won critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for its screenplay.

At the time of the announcement of the esteemed award, BFI chairman Greg Dyke told The Telegraph: “Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen has produced a body of work which never fails to surprise — from sweeping costume drama to powerful social realism, his films strike a perfect balance between drama, humour and pathos helping to make them a hit with audience and critics alike”.

“He is one of the UK’s most important directors and we are delighted to honour him”.

Guests of this year’s London Film Festival included Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Miller, Shami Chakrabarti, Ben Rivers, James Corden, Christopher Hampton, Dexter Fletcher, James McAvoy, Jeremy Thomas, John Hurt, and Lynda Myles, amongst many others.

Saturday night’s event also saw other winners such as Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan, who were honoured for their “both unflinching and poetic” ‘Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait’ with the Grierson Award for the Best Documentary.

The winner of the festival’s best Official Film competition went to ‘Leviathan’, from Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, while Sameena Jabeen Ahmed was named Best British Newcomer for ‘Catch Me Daddy’.

Director Andrey Zvyagintsev (photo: Reuters)

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan” (photo: scmp)

BFI London Film Festival ended on October 19 after bringing 248 films to venues across London.