British film director Richard Attenborough was best known for his film ‘Gandhi’, which won him two Oscars. Amanda Nevill of the British Film Institute said that ‘he was ... always a man with a cause ... somebody who really understood that film was such a powerful tool that could be used to influence and capture hearts and change the world.’ A Labour peer said: ‘He believed passionately in social justice ... and was a vocal campaigner against apartheid. Sir Ben Kingsley, who played the title role in ‘Gandhi’, said that ‘Richard Attenborough trusted me with the crucial and central task of bringing to life a dream it took him 20 years to bring to fruition. When he gave me the part of Gandhi it was with great grace and joy. He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love him’. He died at the age of 90.