LONDON, Feb. 11 (AP) — British filmmaker Hugh Hudson made his feature film directorial debut with the Oscar-winning Olympic drama “Chariots of Fire,” and went on to make “My Life” and “My Life.” Critically acclaimed films such as the Academy Awards. Nominated “Gray Pen,” has died at the age of 86.
Hudson’s family issued a terse statement announcing his death on Friday after a “short illness” at a London hospital.
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A native of London, Hudson started out as a documentary editor and producer and also worked in television commercials before finding work in feature films in the late 1970s as the second director of Alan Parker’s Midnight Express. unit director.
In 1981, producer David Puttnam asked Hudson to direct Chariots of Fire, starring Ben Cross and Nigel Havers. Havers, who played British athletes of various religions and backgrounds at the 1924 Olympics.
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With Greek composer Vangelis’ inspirational plot and sentimental theme music, “Chariots of Fire” was a huge commercial success and won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Score. Hudson, who was nominated to direct, went on to help produce the stage adaptation of Chariots, which was slated for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
He has had success with future film projects. In 1984, Ralph Richardson starred in his final film, Gray Pen: The Legend of Tarzan, a box office success that earned him three Oscar nominations.
But two years later, he was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for directing the critical and commercial failure “Revolution.” His other credits include “My Life So Far”, “Lost Angels” and “Altamira”. He also co-wrote Tiger’s Nest, out in 2022.
According to his family, Hudson is survived by his wife Mariam, son Thomas and first wife Sue. (Associated Press)
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