We’re thrilled to announce that the iconic and critically acclaimed British filmmaker, Guy Ritchie will receive this year’s Raindance Auteur Award.
Having started his career in the British film industry as a runner, Ritchie, who took courses at Raindance in the early 90s, worked his way up the ladder to a director of commercials and videos, before writing and directing his feature film debut, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, for a mere £800,000. The film then went on to break British box office records, garnered international cult status, and inspired a new wave of rough, gritty British crime comedies.
With his unforgettable character driven stories, quick-cuts, circulate plots and atmospheric visuals, Ritchie’s style translates across all his films – from gritty crime capers Snatch, Revolver and RocknRolla, through to Hollywood heavyweights including the Sherlock Holmes blockbusters, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. He will bring his dynamic style to Disney’s live-action, Aladdin, which he will direct and begin shooting later this year.
Ritchie has become a defining voice in recent British film history, and remains a true auteur in today’s film climate.
The award will be presented by Raindance Festival Founder, Elliot Grove, at the Raindance 25th Anniversary Reception on Tuesday 15 August.