It is with great sadness but much admiration that we take a look back at the career of Richard Attenborough following his death on Sunday 24th August 2014. Lord “Dickie” Attenborough, brother to TV naturalist extraordinaire, David, was a life peer (sits in the House of Lords), an active social and humanitarian campaigner, a fervent supporter of and campaigner for the arts and the British film industry, and the Life President of Chelsea Football Club. It is, however, his magnificent filmmaking that people will remember him for in years to come. Let’s take a look at some of the outstanding moments in the career of Richard Attenborough.
1. Gandhi (1982)
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Many consider the pinnacle of the career of Richard Attenborough to be Gandhi. The biopic of the spiritual man who led India to independence from the British Empire deservedly won eight Oscars (from eleven nominations), including the Director’s award to Richard Attenborough, Best Actor to Sir Ben Kingsley and Best Picture. If you have never seen this movie, I highly recommend you do. It is more than three hours of stunning cinematography, stirring story and many wonderful quotes from a great man. Ben Kingsley, on hearing the news of his friend’s death, said the filmmaker gave him the role "with great grace and joy. I, along with millions of others whom he touched through his life and work, will miss him dearly."