Only a few ones have made a debut in the director’s seat in the history of cinematography with such force as Hugh Hudson, whose first long feature, Chariots of Fire (1981), was not only acclaimed by the critic and the audience around the world, but also it set the foundations for what would become a new era in the British seventh art. Born in August 25th, 1936 in London, Hudson began his professional career in the publicity field, to later direct a documentary series and TV commercials. Five years later he founded Hudson Films, focusing all his attention in cinema.
His great opportunity arose when the producer David Puttnam whom he knew from his days in publicity, elected him as the director of his new project: Chariots of Fire. The exciting account that Hudson tells about the struggle between Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) and Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) to compete under his own terms in the Paris Olympic Games of 1924, is a worldwide success.
The movie was nominated to seven Academy awards, winning four: best feature, bets original script, best costume and best original score thanks to the electronic music theme by Vangelis. Hudson himself was nominated to an Oscar as best director, although the statuette was finally awarded to Warren Beatty for Reds.
In the British Academy Awards, the feature received ten nominations, three of which it won including best feature film. And in the Golden Globe Awards, Hudson was awarded for the best foreign long feature. The impact of Chariots of Fire was such that it remains clasified in the 19th place of the top 100 British films by the British Film Institute.
After this great success, in 1984 Hudson directed Greystoke: The legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, based on the novel Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. with Cristopher Lambert as the protagonist, the film was nominated to three Oscars.
Other projects of major relevance in his career include Revolution (1985), starred by Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland and Nastassia Kinski; Lost Angels (1989), with Donald Sutherland at the front; and My Life So Far, based on the memoirs of Sir Denis Forman. His most recent film is Altamira, released in 2016, where the spanish actor Antonio Banderas embodies the man who made one of the most important discoveries of the XIX Century: the rupestrian paintings of the Altamira caves.