Arts and Entertainment Christopher Lee will be honoured with a BFI fellowship

The Wicker Man and Lord of the Rings star follows collaborator Tim Burton in being handed the prestigious BFI honour

ARTS / Production Notes: Simon Sprackling on what happens when your spoof horror turns into a disaster movie

WHAT summed it all up for me is when I discovered that for Barry Norman to review the film we had to fork out pounds 150 to hire a cinema for him to watch it on his own - 150 quid to slake the ego of a man who wears pink jumpers] I also worked out that we generated pounds 200,000 of reviewing fees for journalists - pounds 200,000. And what have we made for ourselves . . . ?

FILM / More whimper than roar: The Lion King (U)Dir: Rob Minkoff (US); Minna Tannenbaum (12)Dir: Martine Dogowson (Fr); Funny Man (18)Dir: Simon Sprackling (UK)

Internecine warfare, powerlust, backstabbing and betrayal: the recent dramas at Disney (the death of Frank Wells, one of the studio's three senior executives, last April; the illness of a second, Michael Eisner, in July; and the brusque exit of the third, Jeffrey Katzenberg, the following month) would make an action-packed animated feature. But, much as the thought of Jeffrey Katzenberg sporting Mickey Mouse ears appeals, as a cartoon hero, Disney has never been a great one for topicality or short-termism. Its expensive, labour-intensive works must echo down the decades, recyclable unto the fifth generation.

Obituary: Michael Carreras (CORRECTED)

CORRECTION (PUBLISHED 22 APRIL 1994) INCORPORATED INTO THIS ARTICLE

BOOK REVIEW / An angel on a hillside: 'The Earth Made of Glass' - Robert Edric: Picador, 14.99 pounds

THERE'S the rattle of very old bones at the heart of this tale, the rattle of skeletons disinterred; the rattle too of a rickety plot straining to bear its weight of portent. Set in 1691 on the north English moors, it carries its bleakness into the borders of Hammer Horror terrain. That figure silhouetted on the cart, as it breasts the skyline approaching the hamlet during dusk, seems like none other than Christopher Lee, perfectly cast as the Inquisitor.

Obituary: Philip Martell

Philip Martell, conductor and film-music director: born London 1906; music director, Hammer Films 1963-93; married (one daughter; marriage dissolved); died London 11 August 1993.

Hammer Films returns to revamp horror classics

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FILM / Two Much: Hollywood has a quiet obsession with twins. John Lyttle considers the similarities

TWINS are great set dressing. That moment of dislocation and disbelief when the single entity first sees double adds instant atmosphere. As when Robert Altman employs female twins (flanking Sissy Spacek, right), glimpsed in a spa, at the start of Three Women (1977) to hint at the picture's theme of female identity fluidly transferred.

Happy Anniversary: Fall from high office

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Ambush of the Bengal Lancers: The heat and dust of India couldn't stop them. They survived missing cheques, borrowed film and a lame tiger that couldn't roar. But back in London, the financier who wanted to be a star on a white horse had a plan to stop the gallant film crew. Chris Blackhurst on a British saga

ON A SCALE of difficulty of one to ten, obtaining finance for a film is almost a ten, right up there with a theatre production or a new invention. As a result, film producers often have to deal with the wrong sort: financiers of dubious pedigree chasing high rewards and the chance to rub shoulders with the stars.

Pet ban for man who fried gerbil

A MAN who cooked his pet gerbil alive in a deep-fat fryer was yesterday ordered to do 60 hours of community service by magistrates.
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