The BFI Fellowship To Be Awarded To Steve McQueen
The British Film Institute and its London Film Festival will honor director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) with its highest accolade, the BFI Fellowship. The Turner Prize and Oscar Award winner has created classic tales, re-energized Hollywood with diverse images and, according Josh Berger CBE, Chair of the BFI, “has consistently explored the endurance of humanity” in his work.
“I first walked into the BFI library and cinema 28 years ago,” Steve McQueen commented. “To think that I will now be a Fellow and honorary member, with such a distinguished list of people, is mind-blowing. I’m humbly honored.” For those unaware, the BFI Fellowship is one of the highest distinctions that can be bestowed. McQueen, 46, is being awarded for his “outstanding contribution to film culture,” as his projects like Hunger, Shame and the aforementioned 12 Years a Slave have showcased the different facets of mankind, while racking in multiple awards.
Previous BFI Fellowships have be presented to David Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes (2011), Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter (2012) and more recently Stephen Frears (2014) and Cate Blanchett (2015).
The presentation will take place at the BFI London Film Festival’s annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 15, at Banqueting House.
H/T: The Guardian