Ridley Scott confirmed as final speaker for the ‘In Conversation with Lord Puttnam’ series

Posted on 29th April 2021

Film legend, North East native and Academy Award®-nominated Best Director, Ridley Scott, has been confirmed as the final speaker of the ‘In Conversation with Lord Puttnam‘ series. Scott will speak to North East film and TV professionals and newcomers as well as students and alumni from the University of Sunderland in a free live digital event on Tuesday 11th May.

South Shields-born Scott, who has directed and executive produced a huge catalogue of films and TV series including much-loved film classics Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and Thelma and Louise, and award-winning TV series including Peabody, The Good Wife and The Man in the High Castle, will talk about entry-level opportunities to the industry and how these are changing to become more factual entertainment, current affairs and documentary-led in a discussion with Lord David Puttnam.

This is a key area of development for Northern Film + Media (NFM), one of the organising partners of the event series, who aim to commission young and diverse stories from content makers across the North East.

Chief Executive of NFM, Alison Gwyn, said,

“I am thrilled that we have film and TV legend Ridley Scott joining Lord Puttnam for the final event in our six-part series. To have two outstanding film and TV professionals sharing their thoughts and experiences with our network and University of Sunderland students and alumni is phenomenal.

“The event series has been really aspirational for our networks and I encourage anyone with a genuine interest in joining the industry to book onto the event.”

Booking for the Ridley Scott event is now open, and those wishing to sign up for free can do so via Eventbrite.

‘In Conversation with Lord Puttnam’ is a series of six digital seminars with some of the tv and film industry’s finest open to people in the North East with an interest in/or working in the tv and film industry and students and alumni of Sunderland University. The series has seen award-winning director, Sarah Gavron (Rocks, Suffragette, Brick Lane), award-winning producer David Parfitt (The Father, Shakespeare in Love) and Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, Rocket Man) all speaking. The series has been created in partnership between Northern Film + Media and University of Sunderland with support from Pinewood Studios and BBFC.

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