Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pig / penguin man wins great award

George Miller
A small group gathered at the East Sydney Tech and the Roundhouse to celebrate film director George Miller who was awarded France's most prestigious artistic award, the Order of Arts and Letters, known as the Order of France.

Miller was presented his award, a very nice ribbon and medal by French ambassador to Australia Michel Filhol at the opening of the French Film Festival in Sydney.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Miller
The director of iconic films such as Mad Max and Happy Feet will join an elite group of artists outside France to receive the award, including Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg.

The Order of France was established over 50 years ago to recognise people who have made significant contributions to the arts.

Another recent recipient of the award, French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who made the superb flicks Amelie and Delicatessen, was there to witness the event and meet Miller for the first time. His latest film Micmacs opens the festival.