23 April 11
On Saturday, April 23, 2011, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles celebrated the 100th Birthday of Ronald Neame, CBE at the Directors Guild of America.
As one of the founding members of BAFTA in 1947, and long-serving Governor of BAFTA Los Angeles, members were delighted to celebrate the life of this extraordinary filmmaker and admirable man.
Throughout his 99 years, Neame was a true all-rounder, who won accolades for his work as a Cinematographer, Writer, Producer and Director. His impressive career spanned the entire history of film, from the silent era to the present.
Rather than a memorial service, the event was held as a celebration for friends and fellow filmmakers to say a final goodbye to an extraordinary and beloved man.
Guest speakers included friends and colleagues such as William Friedkin, Ernest Borgnine, Anne Coates, John Landis, grandson Gareth Neame and wife Donna Neame. The evening also included a special screening of the Stephen Fry-narrated documentary Ronald Neame: A Life In Film and a special Birthday toast from BAFTA Los Angeles co-founder, Marion Rosenberg.
The above image shows Neame colleciting the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Award for Lifetime Contributions to International Film in 2005.