Lone Scherfig to deliver David Lean Lecture
by Naman Ramachandran
- Danish director will be the first woman to deliver the lecture
Danish director Lone Scherfig will create history when she becomes the first woman to deliver the prestigious David Lean Lecture at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on December 15. The Lecture aims to provide an insight into the experiences and creative achievements of some of the world’s most compelling filmmakers. Previous speakers include Paul Greengrass, Robert Altman, John Boorman, Oliver Stone, David Lynch and Pedro Almodóvar.
Nik Powell, Chair of the BAFTA Film Committee, said, “Lone Scherfig is one of the original Danish directors – with Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg – to be part of the Dogme 95 movement. The multi award-winning Dogme 95 film Italian for Beginners showed her extraordinary ability to portray a deep humanity in her stories with lightness and humour, which she has continued to show in all her subsequent films; from Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself [+see also:
film profile] to the BAFTA-nominated An Education [+see also:
film profile]. Scherfig is a unique talent as well as being a torchbearer for women directors everywhere; we are thrilled to welcome her to BAFTA to share her unique perspective.”
Scherfig debuted with The Birthday Trip. Career highlights include Dogme film Italian for Beginners, which won the Silver Bear Jury Prize for Best Director at Berlin in 2001. Her first English-language film, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself in 2002 has been followed by several successful British-funded films including An Education which gained a BAFTA for lead actress Carey Mulligan; One Day, based on David Nicholls’ bestselling novel and The Riot Club [+see also:
film profile]. Scherfig is currently directing Astronaut Wives Club, a 10 episode drama series for ABC Studios.