Irish Academy honors John Boorman

Irish Film and Television Academy lifetime achievement award

LONDON -- Producer, director and writer John Boorman is the recipient of this year's lifetime achievement award presented by the Irish Film & Television Academy during the upcoming annual Irish film and television awards, organizers said Wednesday.

Boorman is expected to pick up the honor at the ceremony in Dublin next month, which will also see the Academy dish out its annual awards.

Irish minister Martin Mansergh announced Boorman's honor Wednesday in Dublin citing Boorman's impact on the early years of Ireland's film industry, "playing a vital role as chairman of the original Irish Film Board and also as chairman of Ardmore Studios."

Born in England in 1933, Boorman is no stranger to Irish soil having resided on the Emerald isle for almost 40 years. Boorman has shot four of his 19 feature film projects there, beginning in 1974 with the sci-fi drama "Zardoz," starring Sean Connery as the futuristic barbarian Zed.

Boorman's projects have also given Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne and Ciaran Hinds their earliest film roles while "Excalibur" included apprentice screenwriter Neil Jordan amongst its largely Irish crew.

The Irish Film & Television Awards will take place Feb. 20.
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