Oscar winner heading home

David Parfitt
David Parfitt
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WEARSIDE’S only Oscar winner will be back in the city next week.

Film producer David Parfitt (pictured), who is also a former chairman of BAFTA, is returning to Sunderland for a free talk and screening this month.

He will present his latest film, The Wipers Times, starring Ben Chaplin and Michael Palin, as well as taking questions on his career, as part of the University of Sunderland’s Discover series. The Sunderland-born producer began his career in his home city in the 1960s with the Sunderland Empire Theatre Society.

He gave up acting in the late 1980s to concentrate on production and has since been involved in many British films including Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, The Madness of King George, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Twelfth Night, My Week with Marilyn and Shakespeare in Love, for which he won the Best Picture Oscar in 1999.

David is an Honorary Doctor of the Arts at the University of Sunderland and will be giving his talk to the general public, students and staff next Thursday at 7pm in the Murray Library Lecture Theatre on Chester Road.

He said: “I’m delighted to be returning to Sunderland for a screening and discussion on our film, The Wipers Times. I am hugely proud of my association with the university and, of course, the city itself.”

Tickets are free, but must be booked via the online store at onlinestore.sunderland.ac.uk.