Mel Brooks with BFI chair Greg Dyke (left), John Hurt and Alan Yentob
The BFI is pleased to announce that Mel Brooks was awarded the BFI’s highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, at a private dinner hosted by Greg Dyke, BFI Chair, in London last week.
Mel Brooks said: “I am deeply honoured to be the recipient of the BFI Fellowship and to be inducted into such distinguished company. When I was informed that I had been chosen, I was surprised and delighted. Not many Americans have been offered this prestigious award… and for good reason.”
Greg Dyke, BFI Chair said: ‘We are thrilled to honour Mel Brooks with a BFI Fellowship. His brilliant wit and satire have continued to surprise and delight and, sometimes, astonish, as he delights in flouting convention, taking comedy to areas once held taboo. Mel’s irrepressible energy and dazzling originality have made the world a much funnier place.”
Sir John Hurt, BFI Fellow and star of Mel Brooks’ films including The Elephant Man, History of the World: Part I and Spaceballs, gave a citation at the event. Alan Yentob, also a BFI Fellow, interviewed Mel at the event in front of guests that included Jonathan Ross, Terry Gilliam, Mike Leigh, Simon Pegg, Catherine Tate, Katherine Ryan, David Walliams, Sir Salman Rushdie, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner. Continue reading