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Former Netherstowe School student awarded an OBE for services to the UK film industry

A former Netherstowe School student has been awarded an OBE for his services to the film industry.

Adrian Wootton

Adrian Wootton

Adrian Wootton, who is chief executive of charitable organisation Film London, has spent his entire career in the industry, with roles as director of the London Film Festival, acting director of the British Film Institute and director of the National Film Theatre.

He admitted the news of his honour had come as a shock.

Adrian said: “I’m completely surprised and totally delighted. Film has been my lifelong passion, and I feel incredibly lucky to have carved out a career in such a marvellous, inspirational, creative industry.

“Along the way I’ve had the good fortune to be supported by my wife Karen, daughter Beth, parents, family and friends. I’ve also learnt from a wide range of educators, mentors and professional peers who’ve had a profound impact on my career.

“From my schooldays at Netherstowe School in Lichfield to my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at UEA, to my first paid programming job at the Bradford Playhouse, my subsequent role as founding director of Nottingham’s Broadway Media Centre and then to the BFI, I owe a huge debt of thanks to those who’ve helped, guided and supported me on my journey.”

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