Peter Greenaway To Be Honored At BAFTA Film Awards
British director Peter Greenaway will receive the 2014 Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday. Greenaway, who originally trained as a painter, is known for his exploration of the cinematic medium, of eroticism and death, and for his ability to integrate Renaissance art into his work. Among his credits are classic 1989 pic The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, The Pillow Book, 8 ½ Women and The Tulse Luper Suitcase movies. His latest film, Eisenstein In Guanajuato, is scheduled for UK release later this year. “Peter Greenaway is an iconic British filmmaker who has worked with many of our most accomplished actors including Michael Gambon, Tim Roth, Ewan McGregor and the recipient of this year’s BAFTA Fellowship, Dame Helen Mirren,” said Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s Film Committee. “I’m delighted that Peter is being recognized with this award for his distinctive and innovative filmmaking career.”
Pirates Face Prison As Kenya Cracks Down On ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’
In late January, the Kenya Film Classification Board banned The Wolf Of Wall Street from any type of distribution in the African state. The org didn’t approve the movie because of what it said were “extreme scenes of nudity, sex, debauchery, hedonism and cursing.” At the time, the KFCB also wrote on its Facebook page: “There is a LIMIT to everything and we believe the Kenyan public deserves better. WOLF OF WALLSTREET has been RESTRICTED. The film is NOT for sale, exhibition or distribution in KENYA. Violators shall be PROSECUTED.” The KFCB is making good on its word. The BBC reports today that dozens of pirate DVD sellers have been arrested for proffering copies of the movie. The perpetrators face a fine of up to $1,160 and a maximum of five years in prison. At least 30 people have been arrested in less than a month and as part of a crackdown on the distribution of restricted films, the BBC says. According to Eva Mbuni of the KFCB, an option was given to trim the Oscar-nominated Wolf but the local distributor “refused our advisory.”
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