Sunderland Oscar winner to tell of his success

David Parfitt
David Parfitt
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WEARSIDE’S only Oscar winner will be returning to the city to give a free talk.

David Parfitt, the man behind Shakespeare in Love, My Week with Marilyn and The Madness of King George, is returning to Sunderland for the lecture.

The film producer and former chairman of BAFTA will present a showing of 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, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Twelfth Night and Shakespeare in Love, for which he won the Best Picture Oscar in 1999.

David Parfitt 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 on Thursday, January 23, at 7pm, in the Murray Library Lecture Theatre. He said: “I’m delighted to be returning to Sunderland for a screening and discussion on our film The Wipers Times.

“It is a much smaller project than some I have been involved with in the past, but I am incredibly proud of what we achieved – script, cast and director came together to make this one of the most satisfying projects I’ve been involved with. 

“I am also hugely proud of my association with the university and of course the city itself.

“Sunderland is where I grew up and what I learnt there is the foundation of everything I have done since.”

Tickets for the talk are free, but must be booked via the university’s online store:

The Discover series presents talks by celebrated national figures, panel discussions, live interviews, and film and TV screenings with audiences given the chance to quiz renowned artists, politicians, business people and scientists.