Hugh Hudson, director of Chariots of Hearth, dies aged 86 | Films

Ben Cross and Nigel Havers in Chariots of Fire

Movie director Hugh Hudson, who directed greatest image Oscar winner Chariots of Hearth, has died aged 86 following a brief sickness.

A press release launched on behalf of his household stated: “Hugh Hudson, 86, beloved husband and father, died at Charing Cross hospital on 10 February after a brief sickness. He’s survived by his spouse, Maryam, his son, Thomas, and his first spouse, Sue.”

Nigel Havers, who starred within the 1981 drama, stated: “I’m past devastated that my nice good friend Hugh Hudson, who I’ve identified for greater than 45 years, has died. Chariots of Hearth was one of many biggest experiences of my skilled life, and, like so many others, I owe a lot of what adopted to him. I shall miss him tremendously.”

Hudson started his profession making commercials earlier than touchdown a job working alongside Alan Parker as a second unit director on Midnight Categorical. Three years later, his movie Chariots of Hearth, which informed the story of two British athletes on the 1924 Olympics, turned a global hit.

Ben Cross and Nigel Havers in Chariots of Fire
Ben Cross and Nigel Havers in Chariots of Hearth. {Photograph}: twentieth Century Fox/Allied Stars/Enigma/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

“I believe David Puttnam [the producer] selected me as a result of he sensed I’d relate to the themes of sophistication and racial prejudice,” Hudson stated to the Guardian in 2012. “I’d been despatched to Eton as a result of my household had gone there for generations, however I hated all the bias. The scriptwriter, Colin Welland, a working-class boy from Merseyside, understood it completely, too. So it was a private story for us.”

It was nominated for seven Oscars and received 4, together with greatest image.

Hudson’s subsequent movie was Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes starring Christopher Lambert, Ian Holm and Andie MacDowell. It was a field workplace hit and acquired three Oscar nominations. He adopted it with Revolution in 1985, a historic drama starring Al Pacino.

Al Pacino and Hugh Hudson on the set of Revolution
Al Pacino and Hugh Hudson on the set of Revolution. {Photograph}: SNAP/Rex Options

His different movies included My Life So Far (1999) and I Dreamed of Africa (2000). He additionally labored on the stage adaptation of Chariots of Hearth and directed an opera model of The Crucible. His final credit score was for co-writing the screenplay for the 2022 journey The Tiger’s Nest.