John Hurt to be honored at Bradford Film Fest

10-film retrospective during event's 16th edition

LONDON -- John Hurt is scheduled to pick up a lifetime achievement award during this year's 16th edition of the Bradford International Film Festival, organizers said Wednesday.

Hurt is expected in town to receive the award, take part in an on-stage interview at the National Media Museum and also to host a retrospective of his work.

Ten films will be programmed from his career spanning almost 50 years, will play during the festival which runs March 18 through 28 in the northern English city.

Titles include John Huston's "Sinful Davey," "10 Rillington Place," Alan Parker's "Midnight Express," David Lynch's "The Elephant Man," Jim Sheridan's "The Field" and Ridley Scott's "Alien."

Previous Bradford honorees include Ken Loach, Richard Attenborough and the late Jean Simmons.

Hurt said BIFF is a festival "I have long admired for its eclectic mix of films and innovative programming and am very much looking forward to visiting the world's first City of Film in March."

Filmmaker Nicolas Roeg will receive the event's Fellowship Award during the same event.

Bradford was awarded the title of the world's first UNESCO City of Film in 2009 (6/12/2009).