Lord David Puttnam spent thirty 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, ten Golden Globes, twenty-five Baftas and the Palme D'Or at Cannes. From 1986 to 1988, Lord Puttnam was Chairman and CEO of Columbia Pictures, before returning to the UK to produce Memphis Belle, War of the Buttons and My Life So Far. From 1994 to 2004, Lord Puttnam was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA), and he was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006. Lord Puttnam is also a Fellow of the British Film Institute.
Lord David Puttnam is the Chair of Atticus Education, an online education company founded in 2012 that delivers audio-visual seminars to students all over the world. In addition to this, 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 July 2019 Lord Puttnam stepped down from his role of producer on Arctic 30, a drama about controversial oil exploration in Arctic waters, to chair a House of Lords special committee on ‘Democracy and Digital Technology’.
‘As intelligent and responsible filmmakers, working in a free society, we have a duty to ensure that our chosen medium is a force for good. Especially in this ever-more complex and difficult world.’ - Lord Puttnam