The Mill Valley Film Festival announced that none other than Sir Ian McKellen will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Tribute at the fest — Sunday, October 11, 7:30pm in San Rafael. The evening will feature an on-stage conversation, special showing of clips from his body of work and presentation of the MVFF Award.
“This tribute couldn’t be more timely,” notes Director of Programming, Zoë Elton. “While a whole new generation has been turned on to his genius seeing him as Gandalf, Ian McKellen’s current performance in Mr. Holmes adds another jewel in the crown of an incredible career. It’s such beautiful work—and, of course, it brings him back together with director Bill Condon of Gods and Monsters fame, the film that garnered McKellen a Best Actor Oscar nomination. We’re honoring his whole career. I’ll never forget his extraordinary debut on the London stage in the early 70s. And, really, everything he’s done since, on stage, screen and TV. What London knew then, the world knows now: he’s brilliant.”