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LONDON — Danish director Lone Scherfig will deliver the David Lean Lecture, BAFTA’s most prestigious film lecture, on Dec. 15. She will be the first woman to deliver the lecture.

The lecture aims to provide an insight into the experiences and creative achievements of leading filmmakers. Previous speakers have included Paul Greengrass, Robert Altman, John Boorman, Oliver Stone, David Lynch and Pedro Almodovar.

Scherfig began her career directing commercials and television dramas in her native Denmark. Her first feature as director, “The Birthday Trip,” was screened at the 1991 Berlin Film Festival. Scherfig wrote and directed Denmark’s fifth official “Dogme” film, “Italian for Beginners,” which won the Silver Bear jury prize for director at the Berlin fest in 2001.

Scherfig’s first English-language film was “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself” in 2002, which has been followed by a string of British-funded films. In 2010, she directed “An Education,” which nabbed BAFTA nominations for director and outstanding British Film, and a BAFTA for lead actress Carey Mulligan, as well as Oscar nominations in the picture, lead actress and writing categories.

In 2011, Scherfig directed “One Day,” based on David Nicholls’ novel and starring Anne Hathaway. Her most recent feature film, “The Riot Club,” adapted from the play “Posh,” premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.

Scherfig is now directing “Astronaut Wives Club,” a 10-episode drama series for ABC Studios.

Nik Powell, chair of the BAFTA film committee, said: “Scherfig is a unique talent as well as being a torchbearer for women directors everywhere.”