British Film Institute Fellowship

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British Film Institute Fellowship
Awarded for outstanding contribution to film or television culture
Country United Kingdom
Presented by British Film Institute
First awarded 1983
Official website BFI Fellows

The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established in 1933, based in the United Kingdom. It has awarded its Fellowship title to individuals in "recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television culture" and is considered the highest accolade presented by the Institute:[1] British actor John Hurt said the award was "the highest honour possible".[2]

The first awards were made in 1983, the same year as BFI National Archive's Silver Jubilee and the BFI's fiftieth anniversary, and as of October 2014, there are 72 Fellows.[3] Awards are not presented every year, but every award ceremony has been held in London, on occasion at the National Film Theatre as part of the BFI London Film Festival.[2] The inaugural ceremony honoured six recipients of the Fellowship: French film director Marcel Carné, British film directors David Lean, Michael Powell, Hungarian screenwriter Emeric Pressburger, Indian film-maker Satyajit Ray and American director and actor Orson Welles. The most recent Fellowship was bestowed in 2014 on American actor Al Pacino.[4]

Of the 72 Fellows, the majority (44) are from the United Kingdom, with 28 foreign recipients, mainly from the United States and France. There have been two African winners, both film directors, Malian Souleymane Cissé and Senegalese Ousmane Sembène while one recipient has come from each of Japan, India and Iran.

Fellows[edit]

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American Orson Welles was one of the six inaugural recipients of the Fellowship in 1983.
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French actor Gérard Depardieu is one of four French awardees, receiving his Fellowship in 1989.
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Irish actress Maureen O'Hara was awarded the Fellowship in 1993.
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Martin Scorsese became a BFI Fellow in 1995.
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Helena Bonham Carter became a Fellow in 2012.
The most recent recipient of the Fellowship is Al Pacino.
Year Recipient Nationality Ref
1983 Carné, MarcelMarcel Carné  France [5]
1983 Lean, DavidDavid Lean  United Kingdom [5]
1983 Powell, MichaelMichael Powell  United Kingdom [5]
1983 Pressburger, EmericEmeric Pressburger  Hungary [5]
1983 Ray, SatyajitSatyajit Ray  India [5]
1983 Welles, OrsonOrson Welles  United States [5]
1984 Bernstein, SidneySidney Bernstein  United Kingdom [6]
1985 Brabourne, JohnJohn Brabourne  United Kingdom [7]
1985 Olivier, LaurenceLaurence Olivier  United Kingdom [8]
1986 Isaacs, JeremyJeremy Isaacs  United Kingdom [9]
1986 Kerr, DeborahDeborah Kerr  United Kingdom [9]
1986 Kurosawa, AkiraAkira Kurosawa  Japan [10]
1986 Powell, DilysDilys Powell  United Kingdom [9]
1987 Bogarde, DirkDirk Bogarde  United Kingdom [11]
1987 Davis, BetteBette Davis  United States [12]
1987 Klimov, ElemElem Klimov  Soviet Union [12]
1988 Greene, GrahamGraham Greene  United Kingdom [13]
1988 Redgrave, VanessaVanessa Redgrave  United Kingdom [13]
1988 Smith, AnthonyAnthony Smith  United Kingdom [13]
1989 Ashcroft, PeggyPeggy Ashcroft  United Kingdom [14]
1989 Depardieu, GérardGérard Depardieu  France [14]
1989 Francis, DavidDavid Francis  United Kingdom [15]
1990 Jarman, DerekDerek Jarman  United Kingdom [16]
1990 Kieślowski, KrzysztofKrzysztof Kieślowski  Poland [16]
1990 Moreau, JeanneJeanne Moreau  France [16]
1990 Zinnemann, FredFred Zinnemann  Austria [16]
1991 Guinness, AlecAlec Guinness  United Kingdom [17]
1991 Hardcastle, LeslieLeslie Hardcastle  United Kingdom [17]
1992 Attenborough, RichardRichard Attenborough  United Kingdom [18]
1992 Smith, MaggieMaggie Smith  United Kingdom [19]
1993 Eastwood, ClintClint Eastwood  United States [20]
1993 Forman, DenisDenis Forman  United Kingdom [20]
1993 O'Hara, MaureenMaureen O'Hara  Ireland [20]
1994 Roeg, NicolasNicolas Roeg  United Kingdom [21]
1994 Simmons, JeanJean Simmons  United Kingdom [21]
1995 Antonioni, MichelangeloMichelangelo Antonioni  Italy [22]
1995 Mills, JohnJohn Mills  United Kingdom [23]
1995 Scorsese, MartinMartin Scorsese  United States [24]
1995 Wise, RobertRobert Wise  United States [25]
1996 Caine, MichaelMichael Caine  United Kingdom [26]
1996 Loach, KenKen Loach  United Kingdom [26]
1997 Bertolucci, BernardoBernardo Bertolucci  Italy [27]
1997 Parkinson, MichaelMichael Parkinson  United Kingdom [28]
1997 La Plante, LyndaLynda La Plante  United Kingdom [28]
1997 Lambert, VerityVerity Lambert  United Kingdom [28]
1997 Puttnam, DavidDavid Puttnam  United Kingdom [28]
1997 Samuelson, SydneySydney Samuelson  United Kingdom [29]
1997 Schoonmaker, ThelmaThelma Schoonmaker  United States [29]
1997 Yentob, AlanAlan Yentob  United Kingdom [28]
1998 Thomas, JeremyJeremy Thomas  United Kingdom [30]
1999 Getty, Jr., John PaulJohn Paul Getty, Jr.  United States [31]
2000 Taylor, ElizabethElizabeth Taylor  United Kingdom [32]
2001 Altman, RobertRobert Altman  United States [33]
2001 Gilbert, LewisLewis Gilbert  United Kingdom [34]
2002 Cardiff, JackJack Cardiff  United Kingdom [35]
2002 Weinstein, BobBob Weinstein  United States [36]
2002 Weinstein, HarveyHarvey Weinstein  United States [36]
2005 Kiarostami, AbbasAbbas Kiarostami  Iran [37]
2005 Leigh, MikeMike Leigh  United Kingdom [38]
2005 Sembène, OusmaneOusmane Sembène  Senegal [39]
2007 Davies, TerenceTerence Davies  United Kingdom [40]
2009 Cissé, SouleymaneSouleymane Cissé  Mali [2]
2009 Hurt, JohnJohn Hurt  United Kingdom [2]
2009 Scott, RidleyRidley Scott  United Kingdom [41]
2010 Boyle, DannyDanny Boyle  United Kingdom [1]
2010 Rose, DavidDavid Rose  United Kingdom [42]
2011 Huppert, IsabelleIsabelle Huppert  France [43]
2011 Dench, JudiJudi Dench  United Kingdom [44]
2012 Bonham Carter, HelenaHelena Bonham Carter  United Kingdom [45]
2012 Burton, TimTim Burton  United States [45]
2013 Lee, ChristopherChristopher Lee  United Kingdom [46]
2014 Pacino, AlAl Pacino  United States [4]

References[edit]

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  46. ^ "Depp surprises Sir Christopher Lee with film award". BBC News. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 

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