Lord David Puttnam to beam cinema lecture into Sunderland

Lord David Puttnam

Lord David Puttnam

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British cinema will be under the spotlight at a lecture in Sunderland.

Oscar-winning film producer Lord David Puttnam is presenting a series of free lectures at the University of Sunderland, which are designed to inspire people to become involved in the creative industries.

His latest lecture – British Film; That’ll Be The Day to Arctic 30 – will describe his personal journey through British cinema from the 1970s through to his current project, new film Arctic 30.

It is based on the true-life experiences of Greenpeace environmental protesters who were seized by Russian troops in 2013 and spent two months in prison.

Taking place at the David Puttnam Media Centre Cinema, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, on Friday, October 2, 11am to 1pm, this free lecture is open to all.

Lord Puttnam, who spent time in the 1980s as the head of Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, will explore the evolution of the film industry, from his early productions such as That’ll Be The Day and Bugsy Malone, to the present day.

He’ll also reflect on the influences which impact on his own love of the movie industry.

He will deliver the session via live satellite link and it will include a number of film clips.

Lord Puttnam is a former politician and was the very first Chancellor of the University of Sunderland.

He remains the only British filmmaker to have run a Hollywood studio.

Places must be booked for the lecture in advance, by contacting Amy Callaghan at the university, on 0191 5152637 or amy.callaghan@sunderland.ac.uk.