Hugh Hudson, ‘Chariots of Fire’ director, dead at 86


LONDON – Hugh Hudson, a British filmmaker who debuted as a feature film director with the Oscar-winning Olympic film “Chariots of Fire” and has since made critically acclaimed films such as “My Life So Far” and “Greystroke” were nominated for an Oscar. passed away at the age of 86.

Hudson’s family released a brief statement announcing that he died Friday at a London hospital “after a brief illness”.

A native of London, Hudson started his career as a documentary film editor and producer, while also working in television advertising before landing a job in feature films in the late 1970s. as the second unit director on Alan Parker’s Midnight Express. In 1981, producer David Puttnam asked Hudson to direct “Chariots of Fire,” starring Ben Cross and Nigel Havers as British athletes of contrasting backgrounds and religions at the 1924 Olympics. .

With an inspiring plot and emotional theme music by Greek composer Vangelis, “Chariots of Fire” was a solid commercial success and won four Academy Awards, including best film and soundtrack. . Hudson, a candidate for director, later helped produce a theatrical adaptation of “Chariots” scheduled for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

He has had great success with future film projects. “Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes,” a 1984 film that featured Ralph Richardson in his final film role, was a box office success, receiving three Academy Award nominations. But two years later, he was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for directing the critically and commercially failed film “Revolution”. His other credits include “My Life So Far,” “Lost Angels,” and “Altamira.” He also co-wrote “Tiger’s Nest,” a 2022 release.

According to a family statement, Hudson was survived by his wife Maryam, son Thomas and first wife Sue.


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