02 March, 2016
Lord Puttnam Trade Envoy Trip
Lord Puttnam, acclaimed film producer (Chariots of Fire) and author (Movies and Money: The Undeclared War Between Europe and America), officially launched LCC Screen School with a Q&A and lecture on his career and the future of the UK’s film and TV industry in the Brexit and Trump era.
To mark the launch of LCC Screen School, Lord Puttnam, acclaimed British producer of classic films like Chariots of Fire, Bugsy Malone and The Killing Fields, opened the inaugural annual ‘LCCScreen School Presents…’ lecture series.
Talking to students, staff, press and screen indsutry professionals, Lord Puttnam spoke about the global film industry going through huge successes over the last 100 years with a focus on the UK as a creative leader.
The impact of Brexit and Trump
Lord Puttnam had a message for LCC Screen School students as the future generation of the creative industry in light of Trump’s inauguration and Brexit negotiations:
“The UK’s film industry is a remarkable, but fragile story. The special effects business exists because in the 1960s, a migrant named Stanley Kubrick came to the UK and made 2001 [A Space Odyssey]. 45% of key employees in the special effects business aren’t British nationals, they come from the EU.”
With UAL’s Stanley Kubrick Archive based at LCC, Lord Puttnam’s nod to the legacy of Kubrick was an important reference in inspiring LCC Screen School students who have the iconic filmaker’s scripts, props and set designs at their fingertips.
Collaborate, unite and remain outstanding
Supportive of LCC Screen School’s collaborative ethos, he suggested “team-writing” as the solution for better screenwriting in the UK. He said:
“Our screenwriting is weak because our TV and theatre is so strong. We’re good with words, but we’re not a naturally visual nation, so we tend to overwrite scenes. Screenwriting is still regarded in the UK as an act in isolation.”
Lord Puttnam continued:
“It’s a fantastic time to be entering the business. We’ve just got to remain outstanding. We must stand our ground and continue to drive forward talented people. This is why what UAL is doing here, is so important. There are poetries out there, all waiting to be written by you.”