A Life in Pictures: Tilda Swinton
27 November 07
The Academy's “Life in Pictures” event celebrated the achievements of BAFTA-winning actress Tilda Swinton.
Other Life in Pictures focuses have included Paul Greengrass, Anthony Minghella, Cate Blanchett, Alfonso Cuarón and the Coen Brothers.
Tilda Swinton's career is as diverse and enigmatic as her film roles. Her mentor and director Derek Jarman fuelled her appetite for playing stimulating characters in Caravaggio (1986), Aria (1987), The Last of England (1988) and Wittgenstein (1993).
Since her award-winning performance in Sally Potter's Orlando (1992), Swinton has also appeared in The Beach, Young Adam, Adaptation, Broken Flowers and The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe as the White Witch. Most recently, she won a Supporting Actress BAFTA for her role in Michael Clayton at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2008.
To celebrate this remarkable career and to recognize her contribution to the world of film the Academy hosted a Life in Pictures event on Tuesday 27 November.
Proceeded by a champagne reception the event saw Tilda Swinton interviewed on stage by Nick James, editor of Sight and Sound magazine. As Nick and Tilda discussed her varied career – from her early roles with Derek Jarman to her current work in America – clips were played illustrating her roles in films such as Caravaggio, Orlando, The Deep End, Stephanie Daley and Michael Clayton. The actress then answered a range of questions from the audience.
The event was part of the Academy's A Life in Pictures strand of events, celebrating the art of film, exploring a major and distinctive contribution to the artistic development of the film form. This very special strand enables an audience to hear first-hand from a creative force in the industry.