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Paul Greengrass is set to be unveiled as the latest recipient of the British Film Institute’s highest honor, the BFI Fellowship.
The BAFTA-winning director, producer and screenwriter — whose distinct style of documentarian-style filmmaking has spawned a career spanning three hugely successful Jason Bourne titles, plus the likes of United 93 (2006), Green Zone (2010) and Captain Philips (2013), not to mention his acclaimed, Golden Bear-winning breakthrough Bloody Sunday (2002) — will receive the award at the BFI London Film Festival’s upcoming awards ceremony on Oct. 14.
“I am incredibly proud to be presenting this year’s BFI Fellowship to the talented Paul Greengrass, a director, writer and producer whose skill for storytelling is as powerful and courageous as the stories and figures he brings to life in the cinema and on the small screen,” said BFI chair Josh Berger. “As a filmmaker, Paul has been a true pioneer, bringing his instinct and experience from making hard-hitting programs, such as those for World in Action, into the world of cinema. His distinct ability to combine the visceral with the cerebral and offer a nuanced picture of heroism has injected a bold new realism into action thriller movies, leaving audiences around the world transfixed and eager for more.”
Greengrass added that the BFI was a “beacon of excellence, and most importantly an imaginative and committed champion of new talent” in the U.K.
“On a personal level, I’m particularly touched, as the BFI has always supported my career, and Bloody Sunday was financed through the National Lottery 15 years ago,” he said. “Like so many people in our industry, I owe this wonderful organization an enormous debt.”
Previous recipients of the BFI Fellowship include Stephen Frears, Tim Burton, Cate Blanchett, David Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes. Last year, Steve McQueen was presented with the award at the London Film Festival.
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