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2012 – Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate CBE, FRSA

Lord David Puttnam

Lord David Puttnam, the award-winning film producer and commentator on public policy relating to education, the environment, and the creative and communications industries, delivered the Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday 21 November 2012 in the Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre.

This was the fifth lecture in the Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture series, following Mary Robinson, former Irish President, in 2008; Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of Forum for the Future, in 2009; the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, in 2010; and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC in 2011.

Lord Puttnam’s Lecture entitled, “Lessons from Leveson: The future of media regulation in the internet age” was enjoyed by more than 250 people. With his unique insights Lord Puttnam challenged the audience to consider whether we have it within us to learn from our recent past, and change the direction in which we appear to be heading. He posed the question through the prism of two recent events - the Leveson Inquiry, and the London 2012, Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Lord David Puttnam - Biography

Lord David Puttnam spent 30 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, 25 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 & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006. 

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