June 9, 2009
Notting Hill Producer Duncan Kenworthy donates $1Million to NFTS.
Top British movie producer Duncan Kenworthy, OBE is donating $1 million to the National Film and Television School to help pay for a new teaching building.
Kenworthy, whose credits include Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill and Love, Actually, will attend an opening ceremony at the NFTS site in Beaconsfield on the outskirts of London on June 11.
At his request, the building will be named after 93-year-old British cinematographer Oswald Morris, whose credits include Oliver!, The Man Who Would Be King, Our Man In Havana, Fiddler On the Roof, and The Guns of Navarone. Morris continues to visit the NFTS as a guest lecturer on photography in film.
Kenworthy is making the donation because he wants to encourage the next generation of filmmakers to have an opportunity to learn the craft. Morris – who started in the industry in 1932 as an unpaid sixteen year old clapper boy for director Michael Powell, and went on to become an Academy Award- winning cinematographer – said: “I sincerely hope that it will produce a thriving community of new and talented filmmakers to surpass past icons. It is most important in my view that they learn their craft from top to bottom. Even today, with all the technology at their disposal, they have to understand that there are no short cuts to filmmaking.”
Kenworthy added: “The NFTS is a key part of the British film and television industry, and on behalf of the British public it’s up to every sector – industry, broadcasters, educators, government – to make sure the funds and facilities are there for these moving image stars of the future to learn their craft”.
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