Fiennes And Cronenberg To Receive BFI Fellowships

click image to enlarge
October 4, 2011 | 11:35am EST

Ralph Fiennes and director David Cronenberg will be presented with British Film Institute (BFI) Fellowships at the annual London Film Festival later this month.
The pair follow in the footsteps of Lord Richard Attenborough, Sir Michael Caine, Clint Eastwood and Dame Maggie Smith in receiving the honor.

Cronenberg, famous for his shocking films including The Fly and Crash, is the first Canadian to be awarded the fellowship, and is thrilled to be recognized by the British movie industry.

He says, “British cinema has been a potent inspiration for me and to be associated with this particular group of filmmakers is tremendously exhilarating.

“This is a monumental, in fact overwhelming, honor, and my being the first Canadian to receive it makes it all the sweeter.”

Fiennes added he is “extremely honored and delighted” to be made a BFI fellow.

The prizegiving will take place on 26 October during the London Film Festival’s 2011 awards ceremony.