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Monday 24 February 2014

Chariots of Fire director visits Solent

Hugh Hudson, award-winning editor, director and producer has been awarded an Honorary Visiting Fellowship by Southampton Solent University.

The internationally-acclaimed director, best known for directing Academy Award-winning film, Chariots of Fire, was presented with his Fellowship during a talk he was giving to students on the University’s film and television courses.

On presenting Hugh with the award, Paul Marchbank, Head of School of Media said: “It’s an incredible honour to welcome such an acclaimed director to speak at the University. He has made some truly iconic films over the last 30 years, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit our students.”

The talk began with a series of clips from Hugh’s films, after which he spoke about the most memorable moments in his career before sharing some personal insights and expert advice on carving out a career in the film industry.

Hugh began his career as a documentary editor in Paris. During the 60s, he headed up a documentary film company that won numerous awards and pioneered a new graphic style for documentary and advertising films.

He then turned his hand to producing and directing advertisements. He got his first filmmaking job as second-unit director on the iconic movie, Midnight Express – which was directed by Sir Alan Parker, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University in 2012.

Hugh directed his first and most successful feature film, Chariots of Fire, in 1981. He went on to direct Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Revolution, Lost Angels, My Life So Far and I Dreamed of Africa.

Following his visit to Southampton Solent Hugh said: “I enjoyed being at the University and meeting the young film-makers. I loved the atmosphere and energy within the school. [Solent University is] a great hope for those who want to be in the industry.”