Montclair Film Festival (MFF) has just announced that it will honor writer, director, and producer Richard Curtis with the festival’s inaugural filmmaker Tribute on Saturday, April 30, 2016 during this year’s festival. The daylong celebration will feature a screening of Curtis’ film Love Actually, followed by a live director’s commentary with stories, secrets, and surprises about the making of this beloved film, and a wide-ranging conversation moderated by Stephen Colbert.
“I’m so delighted to be part of the Festival,” said Curtis, “and excited to have a chance to be on stage with Stephen Colbert – and looking forward to undermining Love Actually with my scurrilous memories and revelations about the low quality of the film-making, and quite how many members of my own family are in it, including my mother-in-law.”
MFF Executive Director Tom Hall says the Montclair Film Festival is thrilled to honor Richard Curtis at this year’s festival. “Mr. Curtis’ wonderfully romantic, comic films showcase a deep empathy that is only exceeded by his personal warmth and generosity.”
I wholeheartedly agree.
Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world… I think of Richard Curtis’ films. Besides Love Actually — which gives us love, loss, an unexpected Christmas classic, and an adorably clean-cut Andrew Lincoln in his pre-The Walking Dead days — Curtis has given us Four Weddings and a Funeral Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill, and my personal favorite About Time, to name just a few. Curtis is the King of feel-good British romcoms. His films make you laugh, cry, and more importantly, appreciate the human connections you have. Sure they are syrupy sweet, but the truth is love does actually make the world go round, and Richard Curtis helps to remind us.
Tickets for MFF members go on sale Tuesday, April 5, with public tickets on sale Friday, April 8, at 11 am.
BAFTA New York, Universal Pictures and Working Title Films will be co-presenting the day’s festivities, with a portion of the proceeds from each event benefiting Red Nose Day, which seeks to use the power of entertainment to create lasting change by tackling the root causes of poverty and social injustice.