Producer David F. Friedman (b.1923) died on February 14. Friedman produced many horror films, including Two Thousand Maniacs, The Adult Version of Jekyll & Hide, and others. He often acted in his own, or other, films, including An American Werewolf in Paris. Many of the films he produced skirted the line (or crossed over) into erotica.
The call for nominations for the 2011 National Australia Fan Fund (NAFF) has opened. NAFF sends one fan each year to the current National Science Fiction Convention, which this year will be held in Perth at Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty. Any active fan living outside Western Australia is eligible to nominate.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the winners of the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards. Genre films did not do particularly well, but Sir Christopher Lee, who has appeared in numerous fantasy films ranging from Dracula to The Lord of the Rings to Gormenghast, was recognized with an Academy Fellowship. Winners of genre interest are listed below.
- Animated Film: Toy Story 3
- Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
- Sound: Inception, Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, and Ed Novick
- Special Visual Effects: Inception, Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, and Peter Bebb
- Make Up & Hair: Alice in Wonderland, Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch
Actor Kenneth Mars (b.1936) died on February 14 of pancreatic cancer. Mars appeared as Inspector Kemp in Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein (and as Franz Liebkind in the original The Producers). He provided voice work for King Triton in The Little Mermaid and the Kingdom Hearts video game series, appeared in multiple versions of Superman, appeared in The Twilight Zone, and The Adventures of Wonder Woman, and had many more genre credits.