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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JOHN BOORMAN
A highly acclaimed British film director and producer, John Boorman, C.B.E., Commandeur de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, is also known as one of the mainstream's most independently-minded filmmakers.
Boorman’s Hollywood directing debut was for cult classic Point Blank (1967), which The Sunday Times named as one of the ten best thrillers of all time. He continued to gain critical and commercial acclaim, winning first prize at the Cannes International Film Festival for Best Direction on Leo the Last (1970) and receiving three Oscar nominations for Deliverance (1972). Other well-known works by John Boorman include Zardoz (1973; starring Sean Connery), Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), the acclaimed Excalibur (1981) and The Emerald Forest (1985).
Hope and Glory (1987), Boorman’s gentle, semi-autobiographical account of a boy's experiences during the London Blitz, was hailed for its unforced exuberance. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, with Boorman being nominated as a producer, director and writer. In 2004, he directed In My Country starring Samuel Jackson and Juliette Binoche, which won the peace award at the 2004 Berlin Film Festival. Boorman’s most recent film, Queen & Country (2014), premiered at Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes International Film Festival and was released as a commercial success across the US and Europe in 2015.
In 2004, Boorman was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts 'in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image'. In 2013, the British Film Institute bestowed its highest honour to John Boorman with a presentation of a BFI fellowship.
Boorman is also a published author and has been a contributor and co-editor to thirteen annual editions of Projections, a series of books published by Faber & Faber (UK), in which filmmakers write about their craft.