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BAFTA To Host David Fincher Career Retrospective

27 August 2014
David Fincher: A Life in PicturesBAFTA/Jamie Simonds

‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures: David Fincher’ takes place on Friday 19 September

“David Fincher directs movies, television, commercials, and music videos. He hopes that people
like them, but if they don't, it is not for lack of effort.”

London, Wednesday 27 August: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced that David Fincher, the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated director, will discuss his craft and career at a special ‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ event at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London, on Friday 19 September.

‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ is a long-running series of onstage interviews in which some of the film world’s leading talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their crafts. The series has hosted leading names including Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Kenneth Branagh and Helen Mirren.

David Fincher has helmed some of the most critically-acclaimed films of the last twenty years including BAFTA- and Oscar-winning hits The Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as cult favourites Seven, Fight Club, and Palme d’Or-nominated Zodiac.

Before directing his first feature film, Alien 3, in 1992, Fincher worked for Industrial Light & Magic on films including Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and directed a range of commercials and music videos for artists such as Madonna, George Michael, and Michael Jackson.

Fincher received his first BAFTA-nomination for direction in 2009 for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which gained a total of eight BAFTA nominations and three wins, and numerous other accolades. In 2010, he was awarded a BAFTA for The Social Network, for which he also won a Golden Globe and received an Oscar-nomination. He is currently executive producer on the BAFTA-nominated television series House of Cards, and won a Primetime Emmy Award for directing the pilot episode.

Fincher’s forthcoming film, Gone Girl, based on the mystery-thriller novel by Gillian Flynn and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, will be released in the UK by Twentieth Century Fox on 3 October.

Public tickets for ‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures: David Fincher’ will go on sale at 13:00 on Friday 29 August. To book tickets, go to

Recordings of previous events in the series are available on BAFTA Guru, BAFTA’s online learning channel (

Event Details

‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures: David Fincher’
Friday 19 September 2014 at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London
19:30 - Champagne Taittinger Reception
20:00 - Event commences

Further Information

For further information, please contact Nichola Jewitt at freuds
T: 020 3003 6543
E: [email protected]


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