Steve McQueen has become one of the UK’s most acclaimed filmmakers — Hunger and Shame helped put Michael Fassbender on the map, and 12 Years A Slave landed at a very respectable 44th place on the BBC’s list of the best films of the century. Now he’s going to get an even bigger honour — the director is going to be made a Fellow of the British Film Institute, at the London Film Festival in October. The BFI only hand out Fellowships to people who have made an “outstanding contribution to film or television culture”, and other names to have recieved it include Tim Burton, Michael Caine, Al Pacino and Clint Eastwood.
In a press release, McQueen said:
I first walked into the BFI library and cinema 28 years ago. To think that I will now be a Fellow and honorary member, with such a distinguished list of people, is mind-blowing. I’m humbly honoured.