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Baftas 2014: Peter Greenaway wins outstanding contribution award

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,
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Peter Greenaway to receive Bafta for outstanding British contribution to cinema

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
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Roundup: Peter Greenaway to receive honorary BAFTA

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Roundup: Peter Greenaway to receive honorary BAFTA
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...
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BAFTA to Honor Filmmaker Peter Greenaway with Outstanding Brit Contribution to Cinema Award

BAFTA to Honor Filmmaker Peter Greenaway with Outstanding Brit Contribution to Cinema Award
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.
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Peter Greenaway to receive BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution

Peter Greenaway to receive BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution
Peter Greenaway will be honoured with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema prize at this weekend's BAFTAs.

The award has previously been given to British cinema icons such as Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Ridley and Tony Scott, John Hurt and the Harry Potter film series.

Last year's winner was Tessa Ross, head of Film 4 and controller of film and drama at Channel 4.

Greenaway's films include The Draughtsman's Contract, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and the Cannes Palme d'Or winner Drowning by Numbers.

"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
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This week's new film events

Images Of Black Women Film Festival | London Palestine Film Festival | Marcel L'Herbier: Fabricating Dreams

Images Of Black Women Film Festival, London

This festival has a clear mission: to promote women of African descent, in front of and behind the camera. The result is a spread of films from around the globe that you're unlikely to see anywhere else. Family drama Elza is the first female-directed feature from Guadeloupe; Pariah charts the coming out of a Brooklyn lesbian; and Black is a polished Senegalese action-thriller. There are docs on Nigerian women who protest against oil companies by threatening to strip naked, plus various art and children's events.

Various venues, Sat to 11 May

London Palestine Film Festival

History inevitably weighs heavily on Palestinian culture, but this festival regularly finds fresh perspectives on what feels like an age-old issue, both from the past and the present. Director David Koff revisits his once-controversial
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Margaret Thatcher: the Iron Lady of British film

The recent biopic, The Iron Lady, doesn't tell the whole story of Margaret Thatcher's impact on British cinema: for that you have to go back to the difficult, confrontational days of the 1980s. But it's safe to say, nothing was the same again

Only recently, filmgoers had been invited to believe in Margaret Thatcher as post-feminist victim-heroine, an image which bemused those who remembered the Pm in her pomp. In Phyllida Lloyd's 2011 film The Iron Lady, she had become a lonely and confused old dear, whose flashes of grandeur and hauteur at political soirées were the more poignant for being so fleeting. The leader once reviled by the liberal classes now had the ultimate distinction of being impersonated — with eerie accuracy — by Meryl Streep. Andrea Riseborough's "underdog" portrayal of young Margaret's battle for a parliamentary seat was similarly sympathetic in the 2008 TV movie The Long Walk to Finchley.
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Distant Voices, Still Lives and A Zed & Two Noughts

The Guardian's season of British cult classics continues with a moving family drama set in Liverpool and an offbeat tale of twin zoologists obsessed with death

Sick of Twilight? Can't bear the thought of Skyfall? In what can only be described as an inspired bit of counter-programming, the Guardian brings you the second in our series of British cult classics double bills, in conjuction with the BFI. The absolute acme of 1980s British auteurist cinema, Distant Voices, Still Lives and A Zed & Two Noughts couldn't be more different to the current breed of blockbuster: both intensely personal, inward-looking, and defiantly unconventional.

That's not to say these two films run on similar tracks; they themselves are practically polar opposites. Distant Voices was the 1988 feature debut of Terence Davies, the intensely neurotic Liverpudlian who would go on to make The House of Mirth and The Deep Blue Sea. Davies had already acquired
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Peter Greenaway: 'I plan to kill myself when I'm 80'

As his latest heady mix of art and sex premieres in Rome, Peter Greenaway says he'd actually rather be a painter – and plans to end it all in 10 years anyway

When Peter Greenaway's new film screens late at night at the Rome film festival it sheds nearly a third of its audience in the opening hour. On screen sits a lavish spread of nude bodies and looping calligraphy, while off-screen comes the quiet flap of seat-backs as maybe 30 punters bail out and run for cover. In the meantime I'm wondering about the punters that remain. How many are staying for the art and how many for the sex?

Or could it be that there's no real difference between the two? Goltzius and the Pelican Company spins a tale of eroticism and religious hypocrisy; an examination of the symbiotic relationship between art and sex. The hero is Hendrik Goltzius (Ramsey Nasr
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How we made: Michael Nyman and Jane Campion on The Piano

'Jane locked me in a hotel room with a piano and said she wouldn't let me out until I'd finished'

Michael Nyman, composer

Jane Campion called me while I was in the middle of watching Neighbours one lunchtime. We had never met, so I asked her "Why me?" She said she thought I was the one who could present a visual emotional world with the smallest number of notes in the shortest space. Then there was a slight pause and she said: "I don't want any of that Greenaway shit." She wanted a different style from the music I'd written for The Draughtsman's Contract, and the three other films I'd scored for Peter Greenaway in the 1980s.

Jane had the vision to see, through that music, that I could do the emotion she wanted. I read the first couple of pages of the script and realised, from the compelling way she'd written the opening,
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Curzon on Demand: Films and Costumes on the Go

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With so many movie streaming options now cropping up, we thought it would be worth drawing your attention to one of the best: Curzon on Demand. Our main reason for the love being that Curzon focus predominately on often neglected art-house cinema, plus their films are available to stream from the moment they are released at the cinema.

The In Cinemas – On Curzon catalogue is pleasingly diverse, particularly from a costume point of view. Incorporating period features such as Wuthering Heights (2011), The Young Victoria (2009) and Peter Greenaway’s classic The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), to the subtextual delights of We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and Melancholia (2011). Perhaps most impressive is the inclusion of Finnish dramedy Le Havre (2011), which only began screening theatrically in the UK from 6th April.

We watched 13 Assassins
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Peter Greenaway to Direct Romantic Comedy

Peter Greenaway to Direct Romantic Comedy
That headline is not a typo. Peter Greenaway, who is among the most art-oriented directors alive (Prospero's Books, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover) is set to write and direct his first romantic comedy. The film is called 4 Storms and 2 Babies, and is scheduled to shoot in Amsterdam later this year. Has the whole world gone crazy? Variety [1] says the film is "an unconventional love story about two men and a woman who becomes pregnant after a night of three-way sex with them." Whew! So 4 Storms and 2 Babies won't quite be The Proposal. In fact, this sounds very much like something Peter Greenaway might do. It actually sounds like something the Peter Greenaway of 1988 might do. That's kind of striking, since the director has of late been more interested in films that are either more conceptual art than narrative (The Tulse Luper Suitcases) or rooted in centuries-old art more than anything else.
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Tron: Legacy – review

Original star Jeff Bridges is digitally recreated in a belated and unnecessary follow-up to the 1982 film. By Peter Bradshaw

The addition of that stately "legacy" to the title strains to confer a retrospective classic status on Disney's virtual reality sci-fi thriller from 1982, about people trapped in a computer game and forced to engage in gladiatorial combat. It might have come as a surprise to some that Tron had much of a legacy; the film was overshadowed by Spielberg's Et in that year, and in the UK suffered the mortification of being upstaged by Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract. Yet a generation grew up prizing Tron for being audacious, ahead of its time, a futurist trailblazer about games culture and the digital world. Its most famous legatee is Christopher Nolan, creator of Inception, and maybe that's the movie that original Tron fans would still prefer to watch.

This hog-whimperingly expensive
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What's the best arthouse film that makes no sense?

Problematic, directionlessness or just plain nonsensical – here are the inexplicable arthouse films you love to hate

@DrGiggles Without a doubt Primer is the most obtuse film I've ever seen – it was as entertaining as reading a book on advanced calculus.

@SladeKincald For me it has to be Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man. Love it, no idea what it's about. Death, maybe?

@dothestrand Andrzej Zulawski's PossessionIsabelle Adjani's Cannes-winning performance was described by Time Out as like that of a rabies victim. Wonderful film, though.

@DrJackDevlin Pirates of the Caribbean III. Completely baffling. Radical stuff.

@DrTumnus Thomas Vinterberg's It's All About Love reeks of folly, but I find it oddly compelling: glistening in the memory bank are Sean Penn literally phoning in his performance from an orbiting jumbo jet and an ice rink full of dead clones. Fab.

@jaiebey Delicatessen – featuring a circus performer, cannibalism and radical vegetarian-terrorists,
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Nightwatching | Film review

This drama about Rembrandt is Peter Greenaway's best film since Prospero's Books in 1991, writes Philip French

This is Peter Greenaway's first movie to be released here in a decade and his best since Prospero's Books in 1991. Characteristically intelligent and ludic, he meditates on life, death and art in a manner that goes back 20 years to his remarkable breakthrough into the popular consciousness with The Draughtsman's Contract. The film unfolds in a series of spare, elegant tableaux and stars Martin Freeman as a puckish young Rembrandt, very different from Laughton's 1935 version. It deals with his unruly household, his relationships with three women – Saskia Uylenburgh (his wife and niece of his dealer), Geertje Dircks (cunning servant and mistress), and Hendrickje Stoffels (young model, servant and last love) – and most of all with the origins and meaning of Rembrandt's gigantic 1642 masterwork The Night Watch.

In a close reading of the painting's sometimes arcane symbols and iconography,
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Sally Potter: 'There was no such thing as an easy ride'

More familiar with life on the fringes of British cinema, director Sally Potter finds herself the subject of a BFI retrospective. But she has no interest in looking back

In the late 1980s, Sally Potter was scratching around for funding to make Orlando, the Virginia Woolf adaptation widely considered her finest film, as well as a formative moment in the career of its star, Tilda Swinton. Potter's friend, the visionary director Michael Powell, had secured her a 10-minute meeting with Martin Scorsese, in which she hoped to convince him to extend a helping hand to a fellow maverick.

"Tilda and I went with our producer to meet Scorsese in New York," says the 60-year-old Potter, seated at a table in her east London office. "We walked into his place and nearly fainted with admiration. He then proceeded to spend the entire 10 minutes talking about how incredibly difficult life was for
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Online film hub Jaman launches in U.K.

Online film hub Jaman launches in U.K.
London -- Online film hub Jaman has landed in the U.K., tapping former MySpace U.K. managing director David Fischer to lead its movie download and streaming service in the territory.

Fischer and his team said Wednesday that Jaman U.K. already has partnered with Pathe Films here to promote the digital campaign for Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" and hopes the relationship with the French-owned, British-based company "grows over time."

Jaman U.K. also has partnered with the British Film Institute on a range of activities, including rights deals on BFI catalog titles.

"Jaman's international ambition is to build upon our leadership position serving a discerning, independently minded global audience," Fischer said.

To bolster the international rollout ambitions, Jaman U.K. will be premiering the Michael Douglas, Liam Neeson starrer "Trumbo." Jaman will be the film's exclusive distributor in the U.K for a six-week premiere period that begins Thursday.
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'House' star honored with OBE nod

LONDON -- House star Hugh Laurie was awarded an Order of the British Empire award in the Queen's New Year's Honors list, it was announced Monday.

The British actor was recognized for his contribution to drama in a career that has spanned over 20 years. The actor began his career as a sketch comedian in A Bit of Fry and Laurie and later played a series of English upper class twits in such shows as Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder before crossing the pond to take U.S. audiences by storm as the curmudgeonly but brilliant medic.

Also honored in the Royal list was director Peter Greenaway who was named a Commander of the British Empire for a career featuring such textured and intricate films as The Draughtman's Contract, Drowning by Numbers, A Zed and Two Noughts and Prospero's Books.

Other leading media figures named in the annual honors list include singer Rod Stewart, television actress Penelope Keith and former Ofcom chief executive Stephen Carter, who were awarded CBEs.

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