Filmmaker to receive academy fellowship

Writer-director Terry Gilliam will receive the fellowship prize at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts Awards, which take place Sunday at London’s Royal Opera House.

The fellowship is BAFTA’s highest accolade, bestowed in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.

Gilliam is “one of the most original, imaginative and innovative directors working in the industry today,” said BAFTA film committee chair Finola Dwyer on Tuesday.

Minnesota-born Anglophile Gilliam, an alum of the iconic British show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” which ran in the 1970s and still airs today, made his feature debut with “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” which he co-directed with Terry Jones in 1975. Directorial credits include “Twelve Monkeys,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “The Brothers Grimm” and “Tideland.”

Upcoming projects include a return to the infamous “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” and the completed “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” Heath Ledger’s last film, which also stars Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law.

Previous fellowship recipients include Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick.

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