Irish to honor Boorman

British writer-director will be honored Feb. 20

Multihyphenate John Boorman will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Film and TV Academy during its seventh kudofest Feb. 20.

Writer-director-producer, who was born in England, has Irish roots. He was chairman of the Irish Film Board as well as the National Film Studios (renamed Ardmore Studios) and mentored many directors and writers.

Starting with 1974’s “Zardoz,” starring Sean Connery, Boorman has lensed four of his 19 films in Ireland, including 2006’s “The Tiger’s Tail.” That pic’s star, Brendan Gleeson, will lead the tributes to Boorman at the award ceremony, according to IFTA.

Boorman is working on a remake of his 1981 pic “Excalibur” with Bryan Singer; an animated “Wizard of Oz”; and “Memoirs of Hadrian,” a 10-year pet project based on the book by Marguerite Yourcenar.

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