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David Puttnam

Film-maker David Puttnam once carried his musician son, Sacha, on his shoulders to watch a Police concert

Film-maker David Puttnam once carried his musician son, Sacha, on his shoulders to watch a Police concert

12 October, 2014

Sacha Puttnam on having British film-maker David Puttnam as a parent. -- PHOTO: EDWARD TEO FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES Oscar-winning British film-maker David Puttnam and his composer-pianist son Sacha Puttnam have a strong rapport that is apparent when one meets them.

The affable and chatty pair was in town last week to give a film and music talk at Lasalle College of the Arts, and also for Sacha, 48, to promote his new solo album, Puttnam Plays Puttnam.

It features new renditions of music from his 73-year-old father's iconic films such as Vangelis' Oscar-winning score for Chariots Of Fire (1981), Ennio Morricone's Gabriel's Theme from The Mission (1986) and Nessun Dorma from The Killing Fields (1984).

The idea for it "came from my mum", says Sacha, who is married with a nine-year-old daughter, Ava May. "She's always trying to get David and me to work together, so this was a chance for us. I'm really glad we did."

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