- Hugh Hudson, the acclaimed director behind feature films including Chariots of Fire, as well as the British Airways "face" commercial, is returning to RSA Films after an absence of 25 years following the closure of the production company he set up, Hudson Films.
Hudson left RSA in 1975 to set up Hudson Films, where he directed much of his seminal work including the award-winning Guinness Original spot, "heart of darkness", for Ogilvy & Mather in 1994. However, after closing Hudson Films in 1998, he has spent the past two years directing feature films including I Dreamed of Africa, starring Kim Basinger, and Lost Angels.
Hudson rose to fame in the 70s after directing classic campaigns such as Collett Dickenson Pearce's Benson & Hedges "swimming pool". He also directed several Guinness commercials for Ogilvy & Mather in the 80s, gaining awards for the spots featuring the Dutch actor, Rutger Hauer.
Hudson's awards include six Cannes gold Lions and two Grand Prix. He also has 25 BTAA gold and sil- ver Arrows. He is also famous for directing major feature films which include Greystoke: the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.