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Greenaway to get special Bafta

Director Peter Greenaway is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the Baftas: Photo © Greenaway to get special Bafta Photo

Peter Greenaway is to receive the Bafta Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award.

The British director - whose work includes the 1989 classic The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover, starring Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Michael Gambon - will be presented with the special Bafta at the ceremony in London on February 16.

Greenaway said: "Given the always complex effort involved, to be permitted in the first place to make films with so many collaborators always astonishes me, and to be permitted the licence to do so with such freedom to continually experiment even more so.

"Everyone agrees that cinema is changing its characteristics very fast and to be awarded a Bafta for trying to contribute to that change is a pleasure and a delight, an encouragement and an acknowledgment that the effort is valuable, certainly for myself and certainly for all those numerous collaborators who have assisted me in this effort over more than 30 years."

The 71-year-old Welsh director, who originally trained as a painter, is renowned for his exploration of the cinematic medium, of eroticism and death, and for his innate ability to integrate Renaissance art into his work. His credits include The Pillow Book and The Tulse Luper Suitcase movies.

His latest film, Eisenstein In Guanajuato, is scheduled for release later this year.

Nik Powell, chairman of Bafta's film committee, said: "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. I'm delighted that Peter is being recognised with this award for his distinctive and innovative filmmaking career."

Previous recipients of the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Ridley and Tony Scott, and the Harry Potter films.

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