British Director Peter Greenaway to Receive BAFTA Honor

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Peter Greenaway

The filmmaker will be presented with an Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema Award at the upcoming EE British Academy Film Awards in London.

LONDON – Filmmaker Peter Greenaway will pick up an outstanding British contribution to cinema award the EE British Academy Film Awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

The honor will be dished out during this year's ceremony on Feb. 16 at London’s Royal Opera House.

The outstanding British contribution to cinema plaudit is presented annually in honor of Michael Balcon.

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Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, John Hurt and the Harry Potter series of films.

Last year’s recipient was Tessa Ross, the controller of film and drama at Channel 4 who heads up feature film division Film4.

BAFTA film committee chairman Nik Powell described Greenaway as "an iconic British filmmaker" who has worked with many "of our most accomplished actors including Michael Gambon, Tim Roth, Ewan McGregor and the recipient of this year’s BAFTA fellowship Helen Mirren."

Greenaway said: "Given the always complex effort involved, to be permitted in the first place to make films with so many collaborators always astonishes me, and to be permitted the license to do so with such freedom to continually experiment even more so. Everyone agrees that cinema is changing its characteristics very fast and to be awarded a BAFTA for trying to contribute to that change is a pleasure and a delight, an encouragement and an acknowledgment that the effort is valuable, certainly for myself and certainly for all those numerous collaborators who have assisted me in this effort over more than thirty years."

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Greenaway, the award-winning British writer and director who originally trained as a painter, is renowned for his exploration of the cinematic medium, of eroticism and death, and for his innate ability to integrate Renaissance art into his work.

His most recent artistic project, entitled Nine Classic Paintings uses state-of-the-art image technology to explore key masterpieces of Renaissance art and their key themes, restoring the paintings pixel by pixel.

His latest film, Eisenstein in Guanajuato, is scheduled for release later this year.

The EE British Academy Film Awards will see Stephen Fry return to host this year’s ceremony, which will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One in the UK and in all major territories around the world.