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Tilda Swinton to receive British Film Institute Fellowship

Tilda Swinton in I Am Love

Story by Jack Foley

TILDA Swinton is to receive the BFI Fellowship, the British Film Institute’s highest honour.

The Fellowship will be awarded at the BFI Chair’s annual dinner, hosted by Josh Berger, on March 2, 2020.

Swinton commented: “Fellowship and BFI are two of my favourite words and the beginning and end of the reason I live my life in the cinema in the first place. I am very happy and touched by this honour and I share it entirely with my beloved filmmaking playmates, living and departed.”

In a hugely successful career, Swinton received a best supporting actress Oscar and BAFTA fore her performance in 2007’s Michael Clayton.

Her on-screen career began through her collaboration with Derek Jarman, who provided her with her first film role in 1987 with Caravaggio – the first of seven collaborations in total. Swinton would go on to receive widespread acclaim for playing both the male and female roles in Sally Potter’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando in 1992.

Since then, Swinton has mixed indie roles with blockbuster ones, working with auteur filmmakers such as Luca Guadagnino (The Protagonists, I Am Love, A Bigger Splash, Suspiria), Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs), Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, The Limits of Control, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Dead Don’t Die), Joanna Hogg (Caprice, The Souvenir), the Coen brothers (Burn After Reading, Hail, Caesar!), Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, Okja) and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin).

She has also appeared in blockbusters such as The Chronicles of Narnia and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing the Ancient One in Doctor Strange and Avengers: Endgame.

She will shortly be seen back on British screens in Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield.

Swinton joins the ranks of other BFI Fellows including Jarman, Vanessa Redgrave, Akira Kurosawa, David Lean, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Martin Scorsese, Jeanne Moreau, Stephen Frears, Steve McQueen, Peter Morgan, John Hurt and Jeanne Moreau.