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Atticus Education, The University of Sunderland, North East Screen and Pinewood Group are delighted to present a special evening in conversation with Lord David Puttnam, one of the legends of British Cinema.

The multi-award-winning film producer will reveal the stories behind some of his greatest movies including Chariots of Fire, The Mission, The Killing Fields, Midnight Express and Local Hero at The Fire Station in Sunderland on Tuesday 11th October.

Using excerpts from these films, for which he has received numerous Academy Awards, BAFTA’s and the Palme D’Or in Cannes, he describes how his career took him from 30 years in the Hollywood- dominated film industry to 24 years in Westminster, where he shaped policy in the areas of Media Ownership, Climate Change, Education, Disinformation and Online Safety.

The event will take place in The Fire Station Auditorium, Sunderland’s brand new and state of the art performance venue set in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter. Tickets will cost £5 with all proceeds going to UNICEF’s Ukraine Children’s Appeal.

Of the event, David Puttnam said, “I’m very much looking forward to being back in Sunderland, not only to meet the University’s talented new Puttnam Scholars in-person, but also to spend an evening revisiting these feature films and some of the tales and anecdotes from the past 50 years. Whilst I hope the evening will be enjoyable for the audience, I am overjoyed that we are also able to together support UNICEF and its critical appeal for the children of Ukraine.”

Tickets are now available via The Fire Station website: The event will begin at 7.30pm.

Further information:Amy Castle
Head of Communications, Atticus Education
07764 355 045

About Atticus Education

Atticus Education is an online education company created by film producer and educationalist, Lord Puttnam. Atticus delivers live interactive seminars to educational institutions around the world, providing high-quality resources to support learning using advance digital distribution systems. Atticus provides content relating to different aspects of the creative industries. David Puttnam is the chair of Atticus Education. He 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 Memphis Belle. His films have won ten Oscars, 31 BAFTAs and the Palme D’Or at Cannes. From 1994 to 2004 he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British

Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006. He retired from film production in 1998 to focus his work on public policy as it relates to education, the environment, and the creative and communications industries. He was awarded a CBE in 1982, a knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997 and retired in 2021. In France he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1985, becoming an Officer in 1992, and a Commander in 2006. He is the recipient of over 50 Honorary Degrees, Diplomas and Fellowships from the UK and overseas. @DPuttnam