Pan-Commonwealth Forum

9-12 September 2019

Edinburgh, Scotland

Speaker profile: David Puttnam

David Puttnam is a British film producer, educator, environmentalist and member of the House of Lords.  His films, including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle, have won 10 Oscars, 25 BAFTAs, 10 Golden Globes, two Emmys, two David di Donatellos in Italy and the Palme D'Or at Cannes.  David set up his production company, Enigma Productions, in 1976 and founded Atticus Education in 2012. Atticus Education delivers interactive seminars on film, media, and screen to students at universities all over the world.

He currently holds a number of positions including: President of the Film Distributors’ Association; Chair of Nord Anglia International School, Dublin; Life President, National Film & Television School; Chair of Film London Executive Task Force; UNICEF Ambassador; Member of the Advisory Board of Accenture (Ireland); Trustee, Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation, Adjunct Professor of Film Studies and Digital Humanities at University College Cork; Adjunct Professor, School of Media & Communications at RMIT University in Australia; Patron, Dublin Bid World Summit on Media for Children 2020/2023 and International Ambassador, WWF.

After a twenty two year 'career break' from film production Lord Puttnam has recently returned to the sector and is currently overseeing pre-production of ‘Arctic 30’ - Ben Stewart’s account of the Arctic 30 incident, “Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg”.

Photo credit: DP Australia Justine Walpole