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The cult director presented award by Juliet Stevenson, who praised his commitment to reinventing cinema
Peter Greenaway has been awarded the outstanding contribution award at the Baftas, for a body of work that includes 8½ Women, The Draughtsman's Contract, and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.
Juliet Stevenson presented the award to the director, remembering that for his film Drowning by Numbers she swam in freezing water, did "surprising things with an ice lolly" and "had to push a large naked woman in a wheelbarrow up a slippery slope in five-inch heels."
Calling him "visionary and inspirational", Stevenson championed Greenaway's rejection of the orthodoxy and his respect for actors, describing the "beauty and invention" in every shot. Alluding to the director's early desire to be a painter, she said that the "art world's loss is our great and lasting gain. None of [his films] come easily to the watcher, but once watched, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
The arthouse director says it is 'a pleasure and a delight' to be honoured for his years of effort and experiment
• Peter Greenaway: 'I plan to kill myself when I'm 80'
Peter Greenaway is to receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at this Sunday's Bafta film awards.
The director of The Draughtsman's Contract, Drowning by Numbers and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover will be honoured for more than three decades of film-making. He made his debut in 1980 with The Falls, a post-apocalyptic mock-documentary in 92 short sections.
Greenaway, who is known for his collaborations with the composer Michael Nyman, said: "Given the always complex effort involved, to be permitted in the first place to make films with so many collaborators always astonishes me, and to be permitted the licence to do so with such freedom to continually experiment even more so. Everyone agrees that »
- Ben Child
Long the standard-bearer of avant garde British cinema, Peter Greenaway -- director of such unhinged works as "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover," "The Draughtsman's Contract" and "The Pillow Book" -- has never even been nominated for a BAFTA. (Nope, not even in the days before they tried to out-Oscar the Oscars.) As of Sunday, however, he'll have one, as he's been named the recipient of this year's Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema Award at the ceremony. Says Greenaway: "Everyone agrees that cinema is changing its characteristics very fast and to be awarded a BAFTA for trying to »
- Guy Lodge
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. »
- Beth Hanna
Peter Greenaway will be honoured with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema prize at this weekend's BAFTAs.
"Given the always complex effort involved, to be permitted in the first place to make films with so many collaborators always astonishes me, and to be permitted the licence to do so with such freedom to continually experiment even more so," Greenaway said of his BAFTA honour.
"Everyone agrees that cinema is changing its characteristics very fast and to be awarded a BAFTA for »
5 items from 2014
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