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David Puttnam



The acclaimed producer of such classic films as Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields, David Puttnam has written two books that will change our understanding of the movie business.

The Undeclared War: Struggle for Control of the World's Film Industry

An account of the way in which Hollywood has achieved almost total sovereignty over the world's movies.It tells of a battle which has seen Hollywood establish itself as an economic force.

Movies & Money

Movies & Money: A fascinating behind-the-scenes history of the movie business, and of the unique and frequently unholy alliance between commerce and art that underpins it.


  • Puttnam, David, and Neil Watson. The undeclared war: The struggle for control of the world's film industry. (1997)
  • Puttnam, David, and Neil Watson. Movies and Money.(1998); (2010)
  • Mercer, Derrik, and David Puttnam. Rural England. Our countryside at the crossroads. (1988)


  • Puttnam, David. “Learning to Be — Do Our Education Systems Do Enough to Enable Learners to Flourish as Independent, Autonomous and Well‐Balanced Individuals?” European Journal of Education 50.2 (2015): 120.
  • Puttnam, David. “What makes us human? David Puttnam celebrates the Olympic spirit.” New Statesman NUMB 5159 (2013): 30-31.
  • Puttnam, David. "News: You want it quick or good?." British Journalism Review 14.2 (2003): 50-57.
  • Puttnam, David. "Communication and education." The Ninth Colin Cherry lecture. Imperial College, London. June (1996).
  • Puttnam, David. "Citizens of the information society." Journal of information science 22.1 (1996): 1-11.
  • Puttnam, David. "Information in the living society." RSA Journal 144.5472 (1996): 33-42.
  • Puttnam, David. "Design for a future space: the changing nature of design in an age of digital technology." RSA Journal 144.5475 (1996): 51-57.
  • Puttnam, David. "1. Myths of the Countryside: obstacles to progress or bastions of defence?." RSA Journal 138.5409 (1990): 625-629.
  • Puttnam, David. "Backing into the Future." RSA Journal 137.5392 (1989): 221-231.

Essays in Books:

  • Puttnam, David, Foreword. Stairways to Heaven: Rebuilding the British Film Industry. Geoffrey Macnab. 2018
  • Puttnam, David, Foreword. A Future for Public Service Television. Eds. Des Freedman and Vana Goblot. 2018
  • Puttnam, David. Creating the CPRE. 22 Ideas That Saved the English Countryside: The Campaign to Protect Rural England. Eds. Oliver Hilliam & Peter Waine. 2016
  • Puttnam, David. Foreword. Getting into films & television. Robert Agnell. 2004; 1997; 1995; 1991.
  • Puttnam, David. Foreword. Young people, creativity and new technologies : the challenge of digital arts. Ed. Julian Sefton-Green. 1999.
  • Puttnam, David. Foreword. John Thomson (1837-1921): Photographer. Richard Ovenden. 1997
  • Puttnam, David. The Creative Imagination. What Needs to Change. Ed. Giles Radice. 1996.
  • Puttnam, David. Foreword. Budgets and markets : a study of the budgeting of European film. Terry Ilott. 1996.
  • Puttnam, David. Foreword. A place of work. Ian Beesley. 1995.
  • Puttnam, David. The producer. The movie business book. Ed. Jason E. Squire. 1992: 33-43.
  • Puttnam, David. Film-Maker in Wonderland. The Third Age of Broadcasting. Ed. Brian Wenham. 1992.
  • Puttnam, David. Foreword. Into harmony with the planet: the delicate balance between industry and the environment. Michael Allaby. 1990.

Select Newspapers & Magazines

Research & Reports

  • AI in the UK: Ready, willing and able? House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (April 2018) 
  • Parliament in the Public Eye 2006: Coming into Focus? (Hansard Society, London 2006)
  • Members Only? Parliament in the Public Eye: Report of the Hansard Society Commission on the Communication of Parliamentary Democracy. (Hansard Society, London, 2005)
  • A Report to the E.C. Think Tank on Audio Visual Policy (1994)

Citation Indices

  • Citations    268
  • H-index    7
  • i10-index    5