U.K. Film Industry Pays Tribute to Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough - H 2012
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Richard Attenborough - H 2012

Stars turn out at London's Westminster Abbey to remember the director, who died last year.

The cream of British cinema gathered in London on Tuesday for a remembrance service in honor of Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, who died last August at age 90.

Among those in attendance at Westminster Abbey were Judi Dench, Michael Caine, Alan Rickman, John Hurt, Kenneth Branagh, Paul Greengrass and Tom Hiddleston.

Ben Kingsley, who Attenborough chose as his lead in 1982 multi-Academy Award-winning biopic Gandhi, read from a selection of Indian statesman’s writings.

Attenborough’s brother, the nature documentary presenter David Attenborough, delivered a passage from the speech Richard Attenborough gave when he was first made a British Lord in 1976.

"The arts are not a prerequisite of the privileged few; nor are they the playground of the intelligentsia," he said. "The arts are for everyone — and failure to include everyone diminishes us all."