Sir Christopher Lee to be awarded the BFI’s top honour for his contribution to films

66th Locarno Film Festival - August 7, 2013



British actor Sir Christopher Lee is a household name for any movie fan, and after being Knighted in 2009, he is now set to receive the British Film Institute’s top award.

Lee has appeared in over 250 films and TV shows, and is still remembered for his roles in many of Hammer’s classic horror films including Dracula and The Mummy. Lee was also seen in one of the finest horror films ever made, The Wicker Man. The actor has most recently be seen in The Lord of the Rings trilogy as Saruman, and is set to return to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, released in December.

The BFI fellowship which is the highest honor the BFI bestows is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television and past recipients include Tim Burton, David Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes.

The ninety-one year old actor says, “It is a great privilege to be included amongst such a distinguished group of predecessors who have received this Award from the BFI.”

BFI Chief Executive Amanda Nevill says, “The BFI Fellowship is awarded to those at the pinnacle of their profession. It is a truly illustrious moment to be honouring Sir Christopher Lee for his enormous and unique contribution to film during a Festival that is committed to excellence.”

The BFI London Film Festival runs Oct. 9-Oct. 20. Lee  will be presented with the honor at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 19.

Announcement was made by Mayor Johnson and the BFI team. Stewart also announced the LFF jury.

The Best Film Award will be presented to the winner of the Official Competition;

President of the Best Film Jury is film critic and journalist Philip French; his fellow jurors are Lone Scherfig (“An Education”), Canadian-based visual artist Stan Douglas, actress Miranda Richardson, screenwriter Deborah Moggach and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (“Argo”).

The Official Competition selection is: Catherine Breillat’s “Abuse of Weakness,” Richard Ayoade’s “The Double,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Like Father, Like Son,” Ritesh Batra’s “The Lunchbox,” Jahmil XT Qubeka’s “Of Good Report,” Peter Landesman’s “Parkland,” Ahmad Abdalla’s “Rags and Tatters,” Clio Barnard’s “The Selfish Giant,” David Mackenzie’s “Starred Up,” Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm,” John Curran’s “Tracks” and “Under the Skin” from Jonathan Glazer.

The fest also hands out the Sutherland Award for best first feature and the Grierson Award for documentary.

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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