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In conversation with Lord Puttnam: How technology has changed storytelling - Sarah Gavron

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Puttnam lecture series

University of Sunderland and Northern Film + Media present a series of seminars 'In Conversation with Lord Puttnam' supported by Pinewood Group.

In an era in which it’s become easier than ever to get your content online, how do you ensure you stand out from the crowd? How important are technical standards when you can shoot content on your iPhone? Special effects and animation are increasingly being used in mainstream content – what’s the best forum for finding people with different skills with whom to collaborate? What’s the future for content makers as we try to second guess the rapidly evolving world of distribution channels and formats? Technology is also driving consumer habits. For example, binge watching box sets online, rather than waiting for scheduled weekly instalments on broadcast channels. What’s the next consumer step-change?

About the speakers:

Sarah Gavron directed ROCKS working in a close collaboration with the Associate Director, Anu Henriques, and the creative team and cast. ROCKS premiered at the Toronto film festival 2019, and has recently picked up a string of BAFTA nominations, including Outstanding British Film and Best Director. In 2015 Suffragette, staring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Marie Duff, directed by Sarah, opened the London Film Festival. Prior to Suffragette, Sarah's feature debut was Brick Lane, which earned her a BAFTA nomination and The Alfred Dunhill Talent Award at the London Film Festival . Before this, Sarah's first full length drama, the Dennis Potter Award winning, This Little Life for BBC TV, won her the TV BAFTA for Best New Director and both the Royal Television Society and Women in Film and TV Award for Best Newcomer. While training at the NFTS and after, Sarah made many short films which have been screened internationally. Sarah’s feature documentary The Village at the End of the World (2013) was nominated for The Grierson Award and won the Margaret Mead Award. In her early career, after completing an English degree, Sarah worked on documentaries for the BBC and Channel Four.

Lord David Puttnam is Chair of Atticus Education, an online education company founded in 2012 that delivers audio-visual seminars to students around the world. In addition, he is a member of the House of Lords where he pursues an active role in a variety of areas, from educational and environmental issues to digital skills. In 2019, he was appointed Chair of the Democracy & Digital Technologies committee to investigate the impact of digital technologies on democracy. He spent 30 years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Local Hero. Together these films have won ten Oscars, 13 Golden Globes, nine Emmys, 31 BAFTAs and the Palme D’Or at Cannes. Lord Puttnam is President of the Film Distributors’ Association.

Places are free but limited. Priority will be given to those with a North East base and or be a student or alumni from University of Sunderland. You must be over 18 years old.


More information about the series

Delivered over Cisco’s WebEx system, the ninety-minute seminars will follow an ‘in conversation’ format and will be fully interactive, using film clips, archival footage and images to illustrate the exchange. Questions will be taken from the audience throughout. WebEx links will be sent out prior to the event.

We are committed to working to support and develop an inclusive workforce in film and television and strongly encourage participation from under-represented groups and diverse backgrounds.

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This event is supported by the BBFC. The BBFC is independent and not-for-profit, and here to help everyone in the UK – especially children and families - choose age-appropriate films, videos and websites, wherever and however they watch or use them. Now, as well as classifying films released in UK cinemas and on DVD and Blu-ray, it’s providing age-ratings for Video On Demand and music videos online, and helping mobile phone operators set parental controls at the right level. The BBFC takes corporate responsibility seriously and is a proud supporter of the charity and voluntary sector.

Find out more about the BBFC at www.bbfc.co.uk

Northern Film + Media (NFM) is the creative industries development agency for the North East of England.

Find out more about NFM at www.northernmedia.org

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