This spring the University of Sunderland and Northern Film + Media will present a series of exclusive lectures by Academy Award winning filmmaker Lord David Puttnam.
With support from Pinewood Studios, the six seminars will feature some of the biggest names in the film industry, including multi-award winning director Sir Ridley Scott, as well as high profile writers, directors, and producers from across the sector.
Each of the 90-minute lectures will examine a different side of the film industry and will be essential viewing for students ready to embark on their career and screen professionals wanting to build their knowledge and networks.
From Rocketman and Billy Elliott writer Lee Hall, to Mad Max: Fury Road producer Iain Smith, guests will discuss the current challenges facing movie production.
One of the main aims of the series will be to raise awareness of the skills shortage in the UK production sector, and to highlight the strengths, opportunities and potential for growth in the creative industries throughout the North East region.
Lord Puttnam said: “At a time of extraordinary challenge and uncertainty, the creative industries – including film and television – represent a unique and growing opportunity for satisfying and well-paid employment.
“Filmmakers can also change the way we see the world; which makes it difficult to imagine a more worthwhile career.
“The purpose of these seminars is to open a window to this career, and all of its possibilities.”
The seminars will be hosted by Northern Film + Media and the University.
Alison Gwynn, Chief Executive of NFM, said: “We are thrilled to be working with the University on this exciting series of Lord Puttham in Conversation digital events.
“The events will showcase the opportunities and realities of working in the Screen Industry and are ideal for both those considering entering the industry or for screen professionals building their careers.”
The series comes as Lord Puttnam marks his 80th birthday.
More details here.