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David Puttnam


These were the words of Lord Puttnam when launching the first film degree in Singapore in 2005 and I've never forgotten them.

As the founder of that film degree program, and again here in Griffith as Head of the Film Scholl, I could not agree more.

The core of our work comes down to creating and organizing opportunities for emerging film making talent through storytelling, be it with the pen, the camera, sound and design, you name it.


I would like to add that he is equally passionate when he delivers this formidabble series of master classes, streamed live from his studio in Ireland straight to Australia's largest film school in Brisbane, the Griffith Film School ‐ where it's 9 hours later in the evening.

We're delighted to be working with him this year, and hopefully for many years to come!

Welcome to the CINEMA OF HOPE master-class seminar series, 2013!

Herman Van Eyken
Head of the Griffith Film School

Screening Schedule

The Mission


Goldcrest/Warner Bros.
125 min
Director: Roland Joffe
Producer: David Puttnam, Fernando Ghia
Writers: Robert Bolt
Original Music: Ennio Morricone
Cinematographer: Chris Menges
Editor: Jum Clark
Production Design: Stuart Craig
Sound: Chris Ackland
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Liam Neeson
"At no point did I, or any of the people involved in making these movies cease to strain every creative fibre to make them as compellingly attractive as possible." Lord Puttnam
Featuring a majestic score by Ennio Morricone and lush Oscar-winning cinematography by Chris Menges, Roland Joffe's The Mission examines the events surrounding the Treaty of Madrid in 1750, when Spain ceded part of South America to Portugal, and turns this episode into an allegory for the mid-'80s struggles of Latin America. Two European forces are on hand to win the South American natives over to imperialist ways. The plunderers want to extract riches and slaves from the New World. The missionaries, on the other hand, want to convert the Indians to Christianity and win over their souls. Mendoza (Robert De Niro) is an exploiter dabbling in the slave trade. But after he kills his brother Felipe (Aidan Quinn) in a fit of rage, he seeks redemption and calls upon the missionaries to assist him. After repeatedly climbing a cliff with a heavy weight as penance, Mendoza finds redemption and becomes a devout missionary at a settlement run by Gabriel (Jeremy Irons). The missionaries want to promote a new society in which the natives will live together in peace with the Spanish and the Portuguese. But this concept frightens the royal governors, who would rather enslave the natives than encourage peaceful coexistence between the Europeans and the Indians. They order the mission to be burned to the ground. But this event causes a rift between Gabriel, who wants to pray and pursue peaceful resistance, and Mendoza, who wants to take up arms and fight the Europeans. Festivals & Awards

Cannes Palm D'Or

1 Academy Award, 7 Nominations

3 BAFTA Awards

Donatello: Best Film

Golden Globe Award for Best Film

Screening Information

Monday 26 August