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Stars celebrate Minghella's work

Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella won nine Oscars for the 1995 film The English Patient

Actors Jude Law and Alan Rickman joined film producer Lord Puttnam at the launch of a weekend-long memorial event for director Anthony Minghella.

The Oscar-winning director, whose work includes The English Patient, died suddenly at the age of 54, a year ago.

The Minghella Movie Marathon, which took place on the director's beloved Isle of Wight, celebrated his work.

Announcements included plans for an annual event "conceived in the spirit and memory of Anthony".

Screenings of Minghella's films were held across the weekend.

Law, who worked with Minghella on many of his best-known films, introduced The Talented Mr Ripley, and a documentary on the making of Cold Mountain.

"I always came out of a film having learnt something," he told the audience.

"With Anthony by your side you often felt you were learning something that was a lot more than just the surface value of what this film might mean, or what the character might mean.

"It felt like a very personal experience."


Actors and colleagues Martin Freeman and Kevin Whateley, and jazz musician Guy Barker, also attended the event in Newport.

Jude Law on missing his "dear friend" Anthony Minghella

The director's sister Gioia, who hosted the weekend with her brother Dominic, said they were "overwhelmed" by the response to the event.

"I wanted to create something which would be very beautiful and memorable and a way of rediscovering Anthony's character through his creative output.

"The idea for showing all his films together just seemed to me to be a way of immersing ourselves in him.

She added that she was hopeful of creating an annual event in Anthony's memory.

"We are sure that this is something we will be building on. We definitely want to do something next year if we can."

A series based on Minghella's final work - a TV film based on the Alexander McCall Smith's novels The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - began on BBC One on Sunday.

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