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Walter Hill To Be Honored with First-Ever Maverick Director Award at Rome Film Festival

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 5, 2012 at 2:30PM

Following the recent news that Walter Hill will be remaking Robert Aldrich's classic camp, Crawford vs. Davis faceoff "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?," the Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) will honor the director with the new Maverick Director Award, given to master filmmakers who have "consistently stood out from the crowd."
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Walter Hill
Walter Hill

Following the recent news that Walter Hill will be remaking Robert Aldrich's classic camp, Crawford vs. Davis faceoff "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?," the Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) will honor the director with the new Maverick Director Award. The award is given to master filmmakers who have "consistently stood out from the crowd."

Hill is best known for directing cult films such as "The Warriors," "48 Hrs." and "Streets of Fire," producing the first three "Alien" films, and helming scripts for brilliant genre directors John Huston ("The Mackintosh Man") and Sam Peckinpah (Steve McQueen's "The Getaway").

Hill's latest film, "Bullet to the Head," which admittedly looks to be a, er, lesser installment in both his and star Sylvester Stallone's bodies of work, will have its international premiere at the Rome fest following Hill's award ceremony. Trailer below.

This article is related to: Festivals, Rome Film Festival, Walter Hill


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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.