British director Stephen Frears has been honoured with a British Film Institute (BFI) fellowship.
The 73-year-old joked that the accolade made him feel “geriatric” and said of his career: “It’s not over yet.”
Frears was presented with the award by playwright David Hare at the London Film Festival Awards ceremony.
His films include Dangerous Liaisons, High Fidelity, The Queen and Philomena, which won a Bafta and four Oscar nominations.
Frears started his career in TV drama, working with writers including David Hare, Alan Bennett, Tom Stoppard and Stephen Poliakoff.
His 1985 film My Beautiful Laundrette won critical acclaim for tackling issues of homosexuality and race and was Oscar-nominated for its screenplay by author Hanif Kureishi.
Frears is now working on a biopic about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and he revealed that it was “nearly finished”.
The honour is the highest the BFI can bestow.
When it was first announced, BFI Chairman Greg Dyke said: “Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen has produced a body of work which never fails to surprise – from sweeping costume drama to powerful social realism, his films strike a perfect balance between drama, humour and pathos.”
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Source:: BBC Entertainment