BFI fetes Point Blank, Deliverance and Hope and Glory director at ceremony in London.

Director John Boorman has been awarded a BFI Fellowship – the institution’s highest accolade - at a ceremony in London.

Boorman is known for seminal works Point Blank (1967), Oscar-nominated titles Deliverance (1972) and Hope and Glory (1987), The General (1998) - for which he won his second Best Director award in Cannes - and the mythical Excalibur (1981).

Speaking at the presentation last night at BFI Southbank the veteran director said: “I’m very grateful for this. The BFI has meant a great deal in my life. More than 60 years ago I haunted the place. It’s where I saw all the great silent movies and it’s always been an immense part of my life. Sight & Sound has always been my bible and I read it every month, and I’ve written for it too. I’m very, very grateful…I thank the BFI for this Fellowship and for everything that it does and I wish it well.”