Hear My Song, the story of Josef Locke, the Irish tenor, won the British Film Institute's top award last night. The cinematographer Douglas Slocombe won a career award for work in films such as The Lavender Hill Mob and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Yorkshire Television's Children of Chernobyl was named best documentary.
Sir Richard Attenborough, retiring BFI chairman, and actress Dame Maggie Smith were made fellows of the BFI.
The top award reported yesterday for the film Hear My Song was the British Film Institute's Anthony Asquith Award for film music.