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David Puttnam

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Lord Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Local Hero. When working on a film, he involves himself in every aspect of the process, from the script-writing and casting to the editing and musical arrangement.

Together his films have won ten Oscars, ten golden globes, twenty-five Baftas and the Palme D'Or at Cannes. From 1986 – 1988, he was Chairman and CEO of Columbia Pictures.

He returned to the UK to produce The Memphis Belle, The War of the Buttons and My Life So Far. From 1994 to 2004, he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006. He is also a Fellow of the British Film Institute and has been President of the Film Distributors Association in the UK since 2007.

His book on the history of the film industry, The Undeclared War – The Struggle for Control of the World’s Film Industry (published as Movies and Money in North America) was published in 1997.

Lord Puttnam at home in Ireland

Lord Puttnam at home in Ireland

The book that inspired Chariots of Fire

Read about Lord Puttnam’s inscribed copy of the book "An Approved History of the Olympic Games" by Bill Henry. This is the book that inspired "Chariots of Fire". This led to nominations for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture.

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