Stephen Frears gets Lifetime Achievement Award at Transylvania 2013

NEW DELHI: Internationally acclaimed British director Stephen Frears has been presented the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 12th edition of Transylvania International Film Festival which concluded over the weekend.


An Oscar and BAFTA nominee for films such as My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons and The Queen, Frears was presented at the Cluj National Theatre.


Czech filmmaker Jirí Menzel was also honoured with A Lifetime Achievement Award.


Stephen Frears was born in 1941 in Leicester and studied law at Cambridge. In 1964, Frears joined the Royal Court Theatre and his first job in cinema was that of assistant director on the film Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment (directed by Karel Reisz, 1966). For a couple of years, he continued working as a director of TV productions and commercials.

Frears made his feature film debut in 1971 with Gumshoe, starring Albert Finney as a Liverpool bingo caller who dreams of a private eye, but he achieved his career breakthrough in 1985 with My Beautiful Laundrette. Scripted by Hanif Kureishi and starring Daniel-Day Lewis, the film was nominated for an Oscar and two BAFTAs. Both films will be screened during Transilvania IFF in the 3X3 section, alongside Prick Up Your Ears(1987), a biopic of playwright Joe Orton, starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.


Frears made his Hollywood debut with Dangerous Liaisons (1988), starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning for Best Screenplay, best Costumes and Best Art Direction, and for 10 BAFTAs. It was followed by the critically acclaimed The Grifters (1990), produced by Martin Scorsese and nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Director category.


Frears continued his Hollywood career alternating personal and big budget projects. Thus, he directed the Silver Bear awarded western The Hi-Lo Country (1998), starring Woody Harrelson, Billy Crudup, Penélope Cruz and Patricia Arquette, Liam (2000), the famed High Fidelity (2000), starring John Cusack, Dirty Pretty Things (2002), a drama about illegal emigrants in London, the BAFTA nominated The Deal (2003), a political TV drama about Tony Blair and Mr. Henderson Presents (2005).


His recent biggest success was The Queen (2006), about the aftermath of Princess Diana‘s death, a multi-awarded film nominated for six Oscars and 10 BAFTAs. Altogether, the film brought its protagonist, Helen Mirren, about 30 awards, including the Oscar, BAFTA and the Golden Globe. In 2010, Frears‘ comedy, Tamara Drewe, was selected at Cannes. The film was followed, in 2012, by Lay the Favorite, starring Bruce Willis and Rebeca Hall.


In 2007, Stephen Frears was the President of the Cannes jury which awarded the Golden Palm to Cristian Mungiu‘s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. At present, Frears is preparing for Philomena, a film starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

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