What a perfect opportunity to talk about everything we love; films, role models, fabulous Northern people and the fact that we have our very own film festival to brag about soon – the Newcastle International Film Festival.
Each year at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) one of the film industry’s most celebrated individuals is welcomed into the Fellowship with their highest possible accolade.
This Year, North East Born, Sir Ridley Scott Was The Recipient Of The Award
BAFTA’s Fellowship award recognises outstanding contribution to film of which Sir Ridley Scott has definitely achieved. The octogenarian was born shortly before World War II in South Shields. After a transient period during the war (his dad was an officer in the Royal Engineers) the family moved back to the North East and settled in Hartburn in Stockton which back then was classed as County Durham.
Having earned a diploma in design at West Hartlepool College of Art, Scott went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London.
Ridley Scott Films
Sir Ridley Scott didn’t release his first feature film till he was 40 proving that you don’t need to achieve all your lifelong dreams in your 20s. #JustSaying
On to some of his films….
Ridley’s science fiction roster includes Alien and Blade Runner, both of which frequent many a cinephiles ‘top 10’ list of films. It can be argued that both films defined the look and feel of modern science fiction cinema. Every science fiction film since Blade Runner has reflected a similar image of a dystopian future – think neon lights, skyscrapers and flying cars. In addition, Alien seemed to be the trailblazer in what any extra terrestrial being should look like in future films.
One of Scott’s biggest critical and commercial successes was his 2000 film Gladiator. It won five Academy Awards including Best Picture with Scott also recognised with a Best Director nomination. I personally love this film and would call it one of the best action films of all time. The score by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard is also phenomenal.
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?!
Critical success came once again with Scott earning an Academy Award nomination for 2003’s Black Hawk Down and a Golden Globe nomination for 2007’s American Gangster.
Some of his latest films may not have done quite as well as his previous including the Alien prequels but what I will commend is his latest film, All the Money in the World. Scott decided to reshoot Christopher Plummer as Getty Sr., a role originally played by Kevin Spacey, after multiple sexual assault allegations against the actor. Reshoots started on 20th November 2017 with a release date of December 25th looming. This is a phenomenal feat of film making as most films are pretty much ready for release a month before release let alone doing reshoots. Great work!
Sir Ridley Scott Accepts His Award
Watch Scott accept his award at the 2018 BAFTAs. What I love is his North East humour coming through in his speech. Very humble with a dry sense of humour.
‘BETTER GIVE HIM SOMETHING BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE’ – Sir Ridley Scott
It was really great to watch such a fantastic North East talent get the recognition he deserves proving that both your background and age should never hold you back!
What is your favourite Ridley Scott film?