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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.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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