Puttnam to speak at SPAA Conference

British producer Lord David Puttman has been announced as a keynote speaker at the Screen Producers Association of Australia Conference in Sydney on November 19.

“We need coherent public policy with clear, meaningful and achievable objectives that cover all aspects of the industry. Lord Puttnam’s experience and knowledge will be invaluable as we determine the future landscape,” said SPAA executive director Geoff Brown in the official announcement.

Puttnam produced films such as Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, The Duellists, Chariots of Fire, Local Hero, Memphis Belle, Meeting Venus, The Killing Fields and The Mission. He retired from film production in 1998, and is currently a working peer in the House of Lords, focusing on education, the creative industries and the environment. Putnam is also head of this year’s jury at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

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