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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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