The Richard Attenborough UK Regional Film Awards (RAFAs) are the UK’s regional film awards. Now in their 6th year, the RAFAs are dedicated to Lord Attenborough CBE, actor, filmmaker and champion of British cinema. These awards will celebrate a spectacular year of cinemagoing in 2011.
Previous winners of the regional critics’ Film of the Year accolade are Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Atonement (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Up (2009) and The Social Network (2010) all of which went on to great success and further honours.
In 2012, a total of 12 prestigious RAFAs will be awarded:
Regional Critics’ Categories
Film Of The Year
All time British Legend
Public Vote Categories:
British Film in association with The Alan Titchmarsh Show
Most Anticipated Film of 2012 in association with Cineworld
Film Star in association with Newsquest (print and digital newspapers)
Family Film in association with the Birmingham Mail
British Star in association with The Herald, Glasgow
Bucks Free Press is delighted to be asked to host the 2011 Best Film Star category
VOTE 1: Performance of the Year by an Actress
VOTE 1: Performance of the Year by an Actor
Voting closes at noon on Friday January 20 2012. The winner will be announced from 2pm Thursday February 2 2012.
Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge in 1923, but spent his childhood in Leicester.
Aged 17, he won the prestigious Leverhulme Scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. While still a student in 1942, he made his screen debut in the Noel Coward/David Lean film In Which We Serve.
On graduating, he acted in a number of West End theatre productions including Brighton Rock (he would later star, memorably, in the movie version), before joining the Royal Air Force in 1943. He was demobilised after three years' service, and went on to star in more than 60 films including The Great Escape, The Flight of the Phoenix, 10 Rillington Place, Brannigan, Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park.
Collaborating with long-term friend and colleague, writer/director Bryan Forbes, he also produced films such as The Angry Silence and Whistle Down the Wind. Then, in 1969 came the first of a dozen major movies as producer/director, the acclaimed Oh, What a Lovely War, which won 16 international awards.
Richard Attenborough is, however, undoubtedly best known for Gandhi, 1982 film of the year - winning eight Oscars® and five BAFTA Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director on both sides of the Atlantic.
His other films as director include Shadowlands, A Bridge Too Far, Chaplin, In Love and War, and most recently, the love across the generations movie, Closing the Ring, starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer and Mischa Barton.
Today, never happier than when wearing several hats, Lord Attenborough continues to fulfill his responsibilities as Chairman or President of numerous film industry bodies and charities. What an extraordinary career both in front of and behind the cameras - and what better dedication could there be for the UK's regional film awards?