Film legend Lord Puttnam CBE visits Brisbane

Lord Puttnam CBE, who has won 10 Oscars, 25 BAFTAs and the Palme D’Or at Cannes will speak to the students of the Griffith Film School.

One of the most celebrated figures in world cinema, multiple Oscar-winning Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE, is to deliver a seminar for Griffith University at South Bank on Monday 6 October and will be available for media interviews the following morning.

Lord Puttnam CBE, whose career as an independent producer includes such classic films as Midnight Express, The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire, Memphis Belle, The Mission, Bugsy Malone and Local Hero, will explore the role and the responsibility of the producer in making films and the impact these films can have and will contribute towards a better society.

Cinema of Hope: Producing for Screen and Society in the 21st Century Seminar forms the last lecture for the year in his series, which he has until this point delivered live from his home in Ireland to the students at the Griffith Film School.

Head of the Griffith Film School Professor Herman Van Eyken says this event will mark the first time Lord Puttnam CBE will address students in person, as he arrives in Brisbane ahead of the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit for a series of Brisbane Global Cafe events.

“This new module of learning has given students unparalleled learning opportunities with one of the world’s most influential figures in screen production,” he explains.

“These seminars have been in line with his highly esteemed lectures previously presented at Harvard and throughout Europe, meaning our students have gained access to the highest quality of information and content from the best of the best.”

Lord Puttnam CBE was President of the International Jury for the Brisbane-based Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2010 and in 2012 Griffith Film School was first in line to be selected as a delivery partner for his imaginative and digital approach to learning.

His Brisbane seminar on October 6 will outline the contributions of the producer in the making of a film; how this film is then received and finds its place in society; the necessary and important set of choices a producer is confronted with; and the criteria to make a film succeed in the marketplace.

Lord Puttnam CBE will also offer his ‘top ten’ pieces of advice to the creative team including writers, directors and creative producers.

To book tickets to the Griffith University lecture onMonday 6 October from 2pm — 7pm, go to


Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE will be available for interviews at 9am, Tuesday 7 October at the Griffith Film School, Corner of Vulture and Dock Streets, South Bank.

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