Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Boyle to be offered BFI Fellowship

Danny Boyle will join the prestigious list of stars to be offered the BFI Fellowship

Danny Boyle will be honoured with a prestigious industry award at this year's London Film Festival.

The British filmmaker will join stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese when he becomes a member of the British Film Institute's (BFI) Fellowship which recognises "outstanding contribution" to cinema.

Boyle - director of films including Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting - said: "A significant helping of humility is called for in the face of this honour and that is not difficult considering those awarded it before.

"I am shocked, flattered and delighted to receive the fellowship on behalf of everyone who has helped me make the films, the successful ones and the not so successful ones, and on behalf of all runts in every litter."

His latest film, 127 Hours, will close the festival which runs from October 13 to 28.

It is based on the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston who was forced to cut off his own arm when he was trapped for five days by a fallen boulder in an isolated canyon.

It is in the running for the festival's Best Film award along with veteran Mike Leigh's Another Year.

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