They join previous recipients – directors Stephen Frears, Lynne Ramsay, Pawel Pawlikowski, Mike Figgis, Abbas Kiarostami and Amma Asante, producers Jeremy Thomas and Tessa Ross, actors Samantha Morton and Jim Broadbent. LFS chairman and graduate Mike Leigh and director Ben Gibson will present the awards.
Anderson and Gold will then award Associateships to 68 graduates of the School’s MA Filmmaking, MA Screenwriting and Fast Forward programmes. Chrissy Bright, staff member for 21 years, will also be awarded an Honorary Associateship on her retirement.
Anderson said, "I certainly do not feel as if my work thus far has warranted this honor but I can promise that I will do my very best to live up to it in the years ahead.”
Gold added, "What an honor and privilege to become an Honorary Associate of the London Film School. I’ve been involved with the school for over 40 years and I’m constantly full of admiration for, and excitement about, the accomplishments by its students”.
LFS director Ben Gibson, was last week honored at a ceremony at the French Embassy, receiving the award ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ from the French ambassador, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne. The Chevalier, which is awarded in recognition of significant contributions to the arts and literature, is one of the most distinguished titles in France.
LFS chairman Mike Leigh said, “From strength to strength we’ve continued to embrace the state-of-the art technology, whilst still savoring the joys of celluloid and we’ve shot films as far afield as Chile and China. The LFS spirit never flags. Nor will it ever do so!”