Actor, director to receive Lifetime Achievement award
LONDON — Richard Attenborough will receive a lifetime achievement award from RAAM, a U.K.-based conference, trade show and awards ceremony dedicated to the British and Irish film exhibition and distribution industry.Attenborough will receive the award at gala ceremony Feb. 6 in London. The award is in recognition of Attenborough’s contribution to the film industry both before and behind the camera. Attenborough has been a stalwart of the British film industry for more 60 years, making his acting debut in 1942 Noel Coward and David Lean’s World War II drama “In Which We Serve.” He won the best picture and director Oscars for “Gandhi,” his 1982 biopic of the Indian leader. Peter Bart, vice-president and editor-in-chief of Daily Variety, will be honored with the RAAM Intl. Award for his contributions to film production and media. Bart served as VP production at Paramount Pictures, prexy of Lorimar and senior VP of MGM/UA before becoming editor of Variety in 1989. Other awards include best independently distributed movie of the year, the Arts Alliance Media Innovation award and best independent cinema of the year award. The gala evening will be in support of charity the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, of which Attenborough is vice patron.