Mel Gibson Deemed Director of the Year at Capri Hollywood Fest for 'Hacksaw Ridge'
Mel Gibson has been honoured for his directorial work on Hacksaw Ridge at the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival, recognising the WWII drama starring Andrew Garfield. Its producer was named Producer of the Year at the ceremony, and accepted the award on Gibson's behalf.
The film has passed the $100M mark at the worldwide box office, a notable effort considering Gibson has made a commercial film out of what in many ways is a powerful religious tale. It follows Desmond T Doss, who was a consientious objector and saved 75 men without carrying a weapon during the battle of Okinawa, and is based on a true story.
The producer in question, Bill Mechanic, said "it took me 15 years to make this movie. Mel will be very happy to receive this award. I always thought he was perfect for this movie, but he only accepted the ask on my third request! It was very important to make this movie.”