Steve McQueen Receives British Film Institute (BFI) Fellowship


In “Grenadian-Trinidadian-Brit Makes British Film Institute History,” Caribbean 360 underscores the recent honor that filmmaker Steve McQueen has received: “the film-maker, screenwriter and Turner prizewinning artist, has been awarded the British Film Institute (BFI) fellowship, making him the first black director or producer to receive the BFI’s highest honour.” Here are excerpts:

McQueen, who was born in England to Grenadian and Trinidadian parents, is best known for “12 Years A Slave,” his Oscar-winning epic story of a slave’s struggle for freedom.

The film not only made McQueen the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, but won a BAFTA Award for Best Film, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, as a producer. He also received the award for Best Director from the New York Film Critics Circle.

McQueen is known for his collaborations with actor Michael Fassbender, who has starred in three of his feature films: “Hunger,” a drama about the 1981 Irish hunger strike, and “Shame,” a drama about sex addiction. [. . .]

Celebrating McQueen’s win, BFI chairman Josh Berger said: “As winner of both the Turner prize and an Academy Award, Steve is pre-eminent in the world of film and the moving image.

“He is one of the most influential and important British artists of the past 25 years and his work, both short and long form, has consistently explored the endurance of humanity – even when it is confronted by inhumane cruelty – with a poetry and visual style that he has made his own.”

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