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Ken Loach and David Puttnam in Writing on the Wall Festival

Ken Loach and David Puttnam in Writing on the Wall Festival

03 May, 2016

Ken Loach and David Puttnam in Writing on the Wall Festival

Film director Ken Loach and producer Lord (David) Puttnam are in Liverpool this week to talk about the future of TV.

The public event at the Black-E on Wednesday is part of this year’s Writing on the Wall Festival which runs throughout May.

Does Television Represent Us? – chaired by Labour peer Lord Puttnam – is expected to be a lively panel discussion event, and will also include early findings from a new study looking into at how TV has contributed to political debate in Liverpool.

Ken Loach, Phil Redmond, Hansard Society chairman Ruth Fox and Cat Lewis (Nine Lives Media and nations and regions rep for indie producers’ association Pact) will discuss whether TV reflects the lifestyles and opinions of people across the UK, or if it just a mouthpiece for the ‘London bubble’?

To what extent does TV offer a space to talk politics or express the different lifestyles of people across all the regions of the UK?

Lord Puttman is currently heading a Future for Public Service Television Inquiry.

The Liverpool event is one of seven across the UK that will inform the inquiry, which plans to report in June.

Lord Puttnam said: “It’s extremely important that voices from all over the UK, especially from vibrant cities like Liverpool, should be heard and reflected in this wide-ranging review of public service television.

“This event, with its distinguished panel of speakers and participation from the audience, will make a significant contribution to our research and findings.

“We’re keen to hear from people in Liverpool, either at this debate or more generally in submissions to the Inquiry’

Source: Liverpool Echo