Errol Morris to deliver the 2011 BAFTA David Lean Lecture

London, Sunday 6 November

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will welcome multi award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris to BAFTA HQ to deliver BAFTA’s annual film lecture in the year BAFTA reinstate a Documentary category at the Film Awards.

errol-morrisErrol Morris is one of the world’s great documentary filmmakers with a dozen major film and television credits such as The Thin Blue Line, Gates of Heaven, A Brief History of Time, and S.O.P. Standard Operating Procedure. His films have garnered many awards including a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival, an Independent Spirit Award, and the 2003 American Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Fog of War, a profile of former Secretary of Defence Robert S. McNamara.

Morris’ long career includes stints as a private eye, film programmer and commercial director – all skills that contribute to his wonderfully idiosyncratic approach to documentary filmmaking. He incorporates dramatic recreation, confessional interview, investigative journalism and a real knowledge of cinematic style and convention into an approach to documentary that is distinctively his own.

Dogwoof will release Morris’ latest film Tabloid on 11 November 2011 in the UK.

The Academy’s annual David Lean Lecture is generously funded by The David Lean Foundation. This film lecture series is designed to educate, inform and inspire practitioners by providing insight into the experiences of some of the world’s best and most compelling filmmakers and to provide a forum for further discussion of their outstanding creative achievements. The lecture series also serves to carry on the legacy of the great director David Lean, one of the founders of the British Film Academy (as it was then known) in 1947 and a continuing inspiration to many through his exceptional body of work.

The David Lean Lecture event will begin at 6:30pm with a champagne reception on Sunday 6 November 2011 at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, W1J 9LN. The lecture itself will start at 7pm with a canapé reception after the event for all ticket holders,

The event is £15 and tickets can be purchased at

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