African Queen legend to receive a bfi Fellowship

Story by Jack Foley

LEGENDARY cinematographer and director, Jack Cardiff, is to be awarded the highest accolade of the British Film Institute (bfi) on Sunday, October 20 (2002), when he is presented with a bfi Fellowship for outstanding contribution to cinema.

Cardiff, whose work includes The African Queen (pictured above), A Matter of Life and Death and Black Narcissus, will join producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein in receiving the accolade at a glittering ceremony to be held at the National Film Theatre in London, as part of the 50th Anniversary Gala celebrations.

Hosted by Mariella Frostrup and sponsored by Renault and United International Pictures, the Gala will be held at the NFT and followed by dinner at The Savoy.

The bfi Fellowship is the institute's highest accolade and is bestowed on individuals from around the world in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film and television culture.

The presentation of these awards will mean there are now 56 bfi Fellows. Previous recipients have included such diverse talents as Orson Welles, Fred Zinnemann and Akira Kurosawa (see below for full list).

About NFT50

The month of October at the NFT is the climax of a year of celebrations leading up to their 50th anniversary and offers a programme of unparalleled strength.

Since opening in October 1952, the NFT has presented the best of film and television on the big screen, from silent classics to the latest international festival hits, bringing film history alive and nurturing new talent.

October's programme includes a variety of special guests and an eclectic range of great films and classic television.

The lead season celebrates the genius of Alec Guinness in film and television. The actor's career covers almost 50 years from David Lean's literary adaptations through the Ealing comedies to Smiley's People and Star Wars.

About the bfi

The British Film Institute was established in 1933 to promote greater understanding, appreciation and access to film and television culture.

Its activities and services include preserving the world's largest collection of film and television material and running the National Film Theatre, the IMAX cinema, the Regus London Film Festival and the bfi National Library. It also releases films in cinemas and on video and publishes books and educational resources. Find out more at www.bfi.org.uk

Those who have received a bfi Fellowship award to date include: Robert Altman; Michelangelo Antonioni; Dame Peggy Ashcroft; Lord Attenborough CBE; Lord Bernstein; Bernardo Bertolucci; Sir Dirk Bogarde; Sir Michael Caine; Bette Davis; Gérard Depardieu; Clint Eastwood; Sir J Paul Getty; Graham Greene; Sir Alec Guinness; Deborah Kerr CBE; Krzysztof Kieslowski; Akira Kurosawa; Lynda La Plante; Sir David Lean; Ken Loach; Sir John Mills; Jeanne Moreau; Maureen O'Hara; Lord Olivier; Michael Powell; Emeric Pressburger; Lord Puttnam CBE; Satyajit Ray; Vanessa Redgrave CBE; Martin Scorsese; Jean Simmons; Dame Maggie Smith; Dame Elizabeth Taylor; Orson Welles; Alan Yentob; Fred Zinnemann.