U.K. film, TV school to open new building

LONDON — Brit producer Duncan Kenworthy has donated $1 million to the U.K.’s National Film and Television School to endow a new teaching building.

The building will be formally opened Thursday at the school’s Beaconsfield site in the presence of a group of leading British filmmakers, including Stephen Frears, Alan Parker, Mike Figgis, Terence Davies and Sarah Gavron.

At Kenworthy’s request, the new building will be named after 93-year-old British cinematographer Oswald Morris, who began his career in 1932 at the age of 16 working as a clapper boy for legendary helmer Michael Powell.

Morris would go on to win the Academy Award for cinematographer in 1971 for his work on Norman Jewison’s “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Kenworthy’s donation comes at a challenging financial time for the National Film and Television School as support from the U.K.’s struggling broadcasting sector has decreased.

“The NFTS is a key part of the British film and television industry, and on behalf of the British public it is up to every sector — industry, broadcasters, educators, government — to make sure the funds and facilities are there for these moving image stars of the future to learn their craft,” Kenworthy said.

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