Having supported the 1999 refurbishment of the newly named David Lean Room at 195 Piccadilly, the Foundation then devised the lecture as a way for directors to share their expertise with other filmmakers.
Hosted by Pollack’s friend and colleague Anthony Minghella, the acclaimed director of Tootsie and Out of Africa shared a range of insights, including his own “personal methodology” which was a belief in the ‘armature’ of a film: “that thing which is invisible when the sculpture’s finished but in fact is holding up the sculpture. I always try to find some kind of evocative armature [for a story], which leads to behaviour and dramatisation.”
Since then, the David Lean Lecture has attracted a broad mix of directors from Oliver Stone and David Lynch to Lone Scherfig and Pedro Almodovar – with many available to read, watch or listen to on BAFTA Guru; a fitting legacy of one of BAFTA’s founders.
Main pic: Pollack and Minghella pictured at the first David Lean Lecture on 20 January 2001 (BAFTA/Johnnie Pakington)