LFS celebrates year of graduate achievement and international partnerships.
Actress Gillian Anderson and director Jack Gold will be named Honorary Associates of The London Film School at the School's annual graduation ceremony at the National Gallery on Friday 10th December. They join previous recipients - directors Stephen Frears, Lynne Ramsay, Pawel Pawlikowski, Mike Figgis, Abbas Kiarostami and Amma Asante, producers Jeremy Thomas and Tessa Ross, actors Samantha Morton and Jim Broadbent. LFS chairman and graduate Mike Leigh and director Ben Gibson will present the awards.
Anderson and Gold will then award Associateships to 68 graduates of the School's MA Filmmaking, MA Screenwriting and Fast Forward programmes. Chrissy Bright, staff member for 21 years, will also be awarded an Honorary Associateship on her retirement.
On receiving the Honorary Associateship, Gillian Anderson, whose father is an alumnus of the school, said "I certainly do not feel as if my work thus far has warranted this honour but I can promise that I will do my very best to live up to it in the years ahead.”
Jack Gold replied, "What an honour and privilege to become an Honorary Associate of The London Film School. I’ve been involved with the school for over 40 years and I’m constantly full of admiration for, and excitement about, the accomplishments by its students”.
Ben Gibson, LFS Director, was last week honoured at a ceremony at the French Embassy, receiving the award 'Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres' from the French ambassador, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne. The Chevalier, which is awarded in recognition of significant contributions to the arts and literature, is one of the most distinguished titles in France.
In 2010 the School has put into greater focus key aspects of its overall mission, ‘to make a world-leading centre for film education’. While building in a new MA programme in Film Curating with the London Consortium and a new atelier for UK independents, Hothouse, LFS continues its focus on craft excellence, innovation and artistic freedom. These initiatives, combined with an increased number of international workshops, mean LFS is playing increasingly important roles in the UK independent sector and the international community of filmmaking graduate schools. The school is now one of three Skillset Film Academies and continues to offer bursaries to UK qualifying students. Magic of Persia has supported new scholarships making LFS training accessible to Iranian students. Part Three of the school’s European Low- Budget forum will play in France during December. A new collaboration with RADA has begun with a series of Actor/Director nights for both schools.
In 2010 LFS graduates once again emerged on world festival and theatrical circuits, many with first or second features. LFS graduates Paz Fabrega (Cold Water of the Sea) and Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio (Alamar) won two of the three prizes at the Rotterdam Tiger Awards in February. In addition, three acclaimed independent UK films this year were shot by LFS graduate cinematographers: The Arbor (Ole Bratt Birkeland), The Disappearance of Alice Creed (Philipp Blaubach) and Toronto success Submarine (Erik Wilson).
Three LFS graduates were accepted on the Binger Filmlab to develop their first features. LFS graduates were also selected for Channel 4’s “Coming Up”, Film London’s Microwave project, Skillset’s ”Guiding Lights” scheme and Screen International’s “Stars of Tomorrow”.
In 2010 LFS students had films playing in more than 150 festivals, winning over 30 prizes, 5 of them ‘firsts’, with Rahul Gandotra’s 2009 graduation film, The Road Home, nominated for a student Oscar.
In Spring 2011 LFS will launch a major appeal for its move to a new campus.
“From strength to strength”, said Mike Leigh LFS Chairman. “We’ve continued to embrace the state-of-the art technology, whilst still savouring the joys of celluloid and we’ve shot films as far afield as Chile and China. The LFS spirit never flags. Nor will it ever do so!”
About The London Film School
The London Film School is recognised as one of the world's key graduate schools and remains film education's most cosmopolitan institution. LFS graduates are established in film and television production in more than eighty countries. Alumni include many great filmmakers and very successful technicians, covering all kinds of cinema - names like Mike Leigh, Michael Mann, Tak Fujimoto, Roger Pratt, Ueli Steiger, Iain Smith, Danny Huston, Franc Roddam, Anne Hui and Bill Douglas.
LFS is one of only three Skillset Film Academies, institutions which offer the highest quality training and skills and have been approved by the UK film industry as centres of excellence.
LFS has a long tradition of honouring figures who have made significant contributions to the film industry, going back to 1956 when previous incarnation the London School of Film Technique was founded. Such luminaries as Akira Kurasawa, Alfred Hitchcock, François Truffaut, John Huston, Joseph Losey and Luchino Visconti were Honorary Associates of the school.
Gillian Anderson is one of the most versatile actresses of her generation, with starring roles on stage, television and film. Her varied and acclaimed roles have taken her from the fringe theatre to distinctive independent projects, to Hollywood comedies, and back again. Since her portrayal of ‘Dana Scully’ in The X Files television series (and two features), for which she won an Emmy, Golden Globe, and two SAG Awards, Gillian’s film credits have included ‘The Mighty’ for Peter Chesholm; ‘Playing By Heart’; Edith Wharton’s classic ‘The House of Mirth’, directed by Terence Davies (for which she won the Best Actress award at the British Independent Film Awards and The Village Voice Film Critics’ Poll for ‘Best Performance’); ‘The Mighty Celt’ (winning her the Irish Film and Television’s Audience Award); ‘Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story’ for Michael Winterbottom; Kevin Macdonald’s ‘The Last King of Scotland’ ; ‘How To Lose Friends and Alienate People’; ‘Straightheads’ and ‘Boogie Woogie’.
Anderson starred as Lady Dedlock in the BBC’s mini-series adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic ‘Bleak House’ and her critically-acclaimed performance earned her a Best Actress nomination at both the 2006 BAFTA and Emmy Awards.
Upcoming projects include Elizabeth in Michael Barker’s ‘Moby Dick’; Wallis Simpson in Channel 4’s adaptation of William Boyd’s novel ‘Any Human Heart’; ‘The Crimson Petal and The White’ for Marc Munden and Oliver Parker’s ‘Johnny English 2’.
With a career that spans six decades, Jack Gold has directed 11 feature films, over 70 television films, hundreds of documentary, factual, and series’ episodes for television, and a number of stage plays. He has won many awards for his work, including 4 BAFTAs, 2 Emmys, a Golden Globe, 2 Evening Standard Awards for Best Film, the Italia Prize, awards from the San Remo, Chicago, Barcelona, Prague and Monte Carlo film festivals, and a Peabody Award.
His television documentaries include the BAFTA Award-winning ‘Death in the Morning’, ‘Ninety Days’, ‘Famine’, and ‘Black Campus’. His television dramas included ‘World of Coppard’, ‘Stockers Copper’, ‘Catholics’, ‘Escape from Sobibor’, and the highly acclaimed ‘The Naked Civil Servant’, starring John Hurt as Quentin Crisp.
Gold’s feature credits include, ‘The Bofors Gun’ (1968) with Nicol Williamson, Ian Holm and John Thaw, ‘The Reckoning’ (1969), ‘The National Health’ (1973) with Bob Hoskins and Colin Blakely, ‘Man Friday’ (1974) with Peter O’Toole and Richard Roundtree, ‘Aces High’ (1976) with Malcolm McDowell and Christopher Plummer, and ‘The Medusa Touch’ (1977) with Richard Burton, Lee Remick, and Lino Ventura.
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