Deets: David O Russell is a two-time BAFTA-winner and five-time Oscar-nominee. Films directed by Russell have gained a total of 16 BAFTA nominations, including two each for actors Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence, who went on to win for her role in American Hustle.
David O Russell’s first feature film, the controversial Spanking the Monkey (1994), was followed by the comedy Flirting With Disaster (1996), Gulf War thriller Three Kings (1999), existential comedy I Heart Huckabees (2004) and biographical sports drama The Fighter(2010). The Fighter received three BAFTA nominations, and was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Director for Russell and Best Picture. Two of The Fighter’s stars, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for their performances.
In 2013, Russell won his first BAFTA, for Adapted Screenplay, for romantic comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook (2012), starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The film also received seven Oscar and four Golden Globe nominations, in both cases winning one for Lawrence’s performance.
In 2014, Russell won his second BAFTA, for Original Screenplay, for American Hustle, for which he was also BAFTA-nominated for his direction. In total, the film won three BAFTAs, three Golden Globes including Best Picture, and was nominated for 10 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.
David O Russell’s next film, Joy, is a biographical comedy-drama starring previous collaborator Jennifer Lawrence, and focuses on the story of inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano. Russell wrote the screenplay, co-wrote the story, and will direct and produce the film, which will be released in the UK on 1 January 2016.
The David Lean Lecture carries on the legacy of the great director David Lean, one of the founders of the British Film Academy (as it was then known) in 1947 and a continuing inspiration to many through his exceptional body of work. The Lecture is generously funded by The David Lean Foundation, which continues to support and encourage excellence in British film making.
The David Lean Lecture aims to inspire and inform practitioners and the public, by providing an insight into the experiences and outstanding creative achievements of some of the world’s most compelling filmmakers. Previous speakers include Robert Altman, Paul Greengrass, David Lynch, Lone Scherfig, Oliver Stone and Peter Weir.