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BAFTA to Honor Filmmaker Peter Greenaway with Outstanding Brit Contribution to Cinema Award

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 13, 2014 at 11:47AM

BAFTA has revealed that award-winning writer-director Peter Greenaway will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the upcoming British Academy Film Awards on February 16.
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Peter Greenaway
Peter Greenaway

BAFTA has revealed that award-winning writer-director Peter Greenaway will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the upcoming British Academy Film Awards on February 16.

Greenaway (“The Pillow Book,” “Drowning By Numbers,” "The Draughtsman's Contract"), who originally trained as a painter, is known for his exploration in film of eroticism and death, and for his ability to integrate Renaissance art into his work. His latest film, “Eisenstein in Guanajuato,” is slated for release later this year.

Previous recipients of the award include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, John Hurt and the "Harry Potter" franchise.  

Meanwhile, Helen Mirren will be the recipient of the Fellowship at the February 16 ceremony.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Awards, BAFTA, Peter Greenaway, Peter Greenaway


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.