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.

Movies history

Together his films have won 10 Oscars, 10 Golden Globes, 25 BAFTAs, 9 Emmys, 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 Memphis Belle, 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.


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. The book inspired Chariots of Fire which went on to win four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, from seven nominations.