As news comes in about the various films on the life of C.S. Lewis in progress, it is with sadness that we announce the passing of the man who directed another C.S. Lewis biopic over 10 years ago, Lord Richard Attenborough. Attenborough has been in the film industry for over half a decade and contributed much as both an actor and director. He is perhaps most acclaimed for his acting role in Jurassic Park (1993 – PG13) and as director of the film, Ghandi (1982 – PG), which won eight Oscars including Best Picture. He also directed the 1993 production of Shadowlands (PG) about the relationship of C.S. Lewis and his wife, Joy. Shadowlands starred Anthony Hopkins as “Jack” Lewis and Debra Winger as Joy, and received two Academy Award nominations (for Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay) and six BAFTA nominations including a win for Best Actor in a Leading Role. If you haven’t yet watched this dramatic account of the tale of Lewis’ life, perhaps it’s time you did.
Richard Attenborough is the brother of the also famous broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough. He died on Sunday at the age of 90. He was living in a nursing home with his wife Sheila Sim.
Deseret News National has shared 5 inspiring quotes from the Shadowlands film in recognition of Richard’s passing.