Every so often, some well-meaning film historian draws up a list of famous female directors. On occasion, the name of Marion Gering sneaks onto that list--even though the Russo-Polish Gering was, in t...
Bonham Carter and Burton both received the BFI's highest accolade, the BFI Fellowship, at a ceremony in London in recognition of their contributions to the film industry.
The British actress was delighted to be honoured at the same time as Burton, insisting, "It's good because there's no jealousy at home. It's very handy and very thoughtful for them to give us both one at the same time."
Accepting her prize from theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn, the Alice In Wonderland star thanked her parents, who were both in the audience.
She said, "I never thought I was particularly good at this. I've certainly had my bad reviews over the years, but I kept going. My dad's motto is KBO which stands for 'Keep b**gering on', so I will, dad."
Other big winners at the 56th BFI London Film Festival 2012 Awards included Marion Cotillard's drama Rust and Bone, which was named best film.
The British comedian was left red-faced with laughter as Sheen recalled their love scenes together on the set of the 1997 Oscar Wilde biopic, while collecting his British Artist of the Year award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles prizegiving.
Sheen started his speech by suggesting he was only being honoured "so I won't keep showing up" (at the awards), and added that The Twilight Saga: New Dawn co-star Dakota Fanning and fellow Brit Carey Mulligan had only shown up to present the award to him because "they thought they were here to talk about Martin Sheen".
He then ripped into host Fry, calling the comic, "The man I had my first screen kiss with," and adding, "You never cease to engorge me."
He then had Fry and the audience in fits of laughter, stating the host was "the first man to give me a swift b**gering," and then recalled he still has "acid flashbacks", adding "I walk down the street and get an odd quiver."
Other winners at the star-studded tribute to Brits in Hollywood were the Scott Brothers, who received Britannia Award for Contributions to Worldwide Entertainment from Rosario Dawson and movie mogul Jerry Bruckheimer; Bridges, who took home the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film and White, who was honoured with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
Inception star Marion Cotillard was also on hand to present her director Christopher Nolan with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Directing.
Every so often, some well-meaning film historian draws up a list of famous female directors. On occasion, the name of Marion Gering sneaks onto that list--even though the Russo-Polish Gering was, in the words of critic Andrew Sarris, a "certified male." Born in Russia, Gering began his stage career there. He came to the U.S. in 1924; shortly thereafter he established the Chicago Play Producing Company, an experimental theatrical troupe. After directing on Broadway, Gering was brought to Hollywood during the early stages of the talkie revolution. Under contract to Paramount, Gering directed such formidable leading ladies as Carole Lombard (I Take This Woman ), Tallulah Bankhead (Devil and the Deep , which was also Charles Laughton's first American film) and Sylvia Sidney (Madame Butterfly ). His films were serviceable if lacking in style; they were ideal "star vehicles," directed so unobtrusively that attention would never be taken away from the leading man or woman. In 1937, Gering travelled to England to direct the Edward G. Robinson vehicle Thunder in the City. Later on, when his Hollywood career had dried up, Marion Gering would again set up shop overseas, directing and co-producing the Cuban Sarumba (1950) and the Japanese-Italian Violated Paradise (1963).