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Martin Scorsese to receive BAFTA Fellowship

The director behind docs such as No Direction Home, Public Speaking and Living in the Material World will receive the British organization's highest accolade at a ceremony in London next month.
January 4, 2012

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will next month present director Martin Scorsese with the Academy Fellowship, its highest accolade.

The director, whose documentaries have included George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Public Speaking, A Letter to Elia and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, will receive the honor during the BAFTA awards at London’s Royal Opera House on February 12.

In a statement, BAFTA chairman Tim Corrie said: “Martin Scorsese is a legend in his lifetime; a true inspiration to all young directors the world over.”

The Fellowship recognizes an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, with previous recipients having included Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick. Scorsese said: “It is a great honor to be recognized by the British Academy and to join the ranks of such an esteemed group of industry colleagues and friends.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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