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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Steven Spielberg's Gandhi tribute

Steven Spielberg praised Richard Attenborough's contribution to film

Steven Spielberg has paid tribute to film veteran Richard Attenborough.

The Lincoln director honoured the Gandhi and Cry Freedom director with a video message at the launch of a young filmmakers fund created in the Oscar-winner's name, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Stephen Fry hosted the event, where guests included Michael Caine.

In his taped message, Spielberg, who cast Lord Attenborough in Jurassic Park, described the filmmaker as one of his "favourite people on the planet."

He said: "He's made some of the best movies of all time - he made Gandhi! - and has made such a contribution to society, to cinema and to everyone whose hearts he has touched with his words, works, his leadership and that divine inspiration that radiates from that wonderful smile."

Lord Attenborough was unable to attend the event, so his son Michael thanked the National Film and Television School and those paying tribute on his father's behalf, saying: "It was thanks to a Leverhulme scholarship to Rada at the age of 17, that my father was able to go on to enjoy a career that included acting in, producing and directing more than 70 Oscar and Bafta winning films, so he is delighted that this new fund in his name will help young filmmakers, from all backgrounds, reach their full creative potential."

The Hollywood Reporter said that the event also included an auction of donated items, including glasses worn by Sir Ben Kingsley - who also sent a video message - in Gandhi, and costumes worn by Daniel Craig and Naomi Harris in Skyfall.

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