Today Sir Christopher Lee was joined by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson to celebrate the actor’s forthcoming BFI Fellowship, the BFI’s top honours recognising outstanding contributions to film and television.
The 57th BFI London Film Festival opens its doors this Wednesday with the Fellowship award being presented to Lee on October 19th at Banqueting House, Whitehall.
Previous Fellowship winners include Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton, David Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes.
Commenting on Lee’s Fellowship recognition Boris Johnson said: “Congratulations to Sir Christopher on being awarded this distinguished accolade for a film career that has been genuinely iconic. As the BFI London Film Festival gets underway, with a wonderful array of films from around the world, it’s a good time to celebrate great British film and film talent.”
Knighted in 2009 for his services to drama and charity and boasting more than 250 acting credits with his feature debut, Corridor of Mirrors in 1948, Lee said: “It is a great privilege to be included amongst such a distinguished group of predecessors who have received this Award from the BFI.
Other than the presentation of the Fellowship award itself, BFI will also be honouring Lee by screening a number of films which boast his iconic performances during the upcoming BFI blockbuster season GOTHIC: the dark heart of film.
For all further details of this year’s BFI London Film Festival you can visit the official site.
In collaboration with Rightster, Getty Images and BFI at the London Film Festival we are happy to be able to provide readers with highlights from each day of the event, perfectly wrapping up the whole atmosphere. The embedded video window below automatically updates on a regular basis throughout the Festival as and when new content arrives. Footage to date includes interviews from Jesse Eisenberg at the premiere of The Double, Julia Louise Dreyfuss paying tribute to James Gandolfini at the premiere of Enough Said as well as an interview with Sandra Bullock talking all about Gravity! .