Steve McQueen Honoured with BFI Fellowship

Steve McQueen, most recently responsible for directing 12 Years a Slave, is set to receive the highest honour of the BFI Fellowship.

This is far from the first accolade for Steve McQueen, as he received both the best picture Oscar and the Turner Prize. He will be receiving the Fellowship at the London Film Festival in October.

Steve McQueen will be joining some pretty heavyweight names on the BFI Fellows list, which includes people like Ken Loach and Al Pacino.

He said in a statement: “”I first walked into the BFI library and cinema 28 years ago. To think that I will now be a fellow and honorary member, with such a distinguished list of people, is mind-blowing. I’m humbly honoured.”

The BFI chairman Josh Berger also chimed in, saying: “”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.”

Earlier this year, BFI honoured people such as Hugh Grant and Greg Dyke, with Cate Blanchett and Mel Brooks receiving the honour in 2015.

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Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave, will be honoured with a BFI Fellowship.