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Reel Life: John Hurt Added

The EIFF is delighted to announce the addition of British acting legend John Hurt to its Reel Life line-up. Hurt is one of Britain's most revered actors, a singular talent who has received great criti...

The EIFF is delighted to announce the addition of British acting legend John Hurt to its Reel Life line-up. Hurt is one of Britain's most revered actors, a singular talent who has received great critical acclaim during his distinguished career.

Hurt first came to prominence with his BAFTA® award-winning portrayal of Quentin Crisp in the 1975 BBC drama The Naked Civil Servant.  Hollywood soon came calling and in 1978 he received his first Oscar® nomination for the portrayal of Max in Midnight Express. A gut-wrenching role in the following year’s Alien saw Hurt star in one of popular cinema’s best loved scenes. However, it was his Oscar® nominated tour-de-force as John Merrick in David Lynch’s The Elephant Man which shot him to worldwide fame.

Hurt has followed this with a string of critical and commercial successes in a prolific career. From his role as the tragic Stephen Ward in Scandal; through his unforgettable turn as ‘Bird’ O’Donnell in The Field; to his scene-stealing role as an amoral bounty hunter in this year’s The Proposition; Hurt inhabits his eclectic and challenging choice of characters with an inimitable conviction.

The EIFF is honoured to have John Hurt as the Chairman of the 2006 Michael Powell Jury.

Reel Life: John Hurt takes place on Tuesday 22 August at 19:30 in Filmhouse. Tickets will be available for sale from midday on Monday 14th August. Tickets will be available online, by telephone on 0131 623 8030 or in person at the Filmhouse. Please note that the Cineworld Box Office does not open until 17:00 on this day.

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