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Academy Award winner Lord David Puttnam in Melbourne for public lecture

November 26, 2018 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Tomorrow’s screen careers will be grounded in a whole new set of realities and today’s students will have to adjust to the demands of a rapidly evolving screen industry in an increasingly unstable political and social environment.

Academy Award winner Lord David Puttnam will deliver a public lecture at RMIT in Melbourne on Friday 23 November, the second of two titled ‘Culture and Technology, The Power Couple’.

In it, he will address the challenges of globalisation and corporate consolidation through the lens of his own history as producer, politician and environmentalist and the way all three roles have impacted the development of his forthcoming file, ‘Arctic Thirty’.

After retiring from the movie industry in 1998, Puttnam has spent the past twenty years working in just about every aspect of the world of education.

Three years ago, he obtained the rights to Ben Stewart’s book ‘Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg’, a gripping account of the experience of a group of Greenpeace activists in their attempt to stop the flow of Arctic oil.

Their actions and subsequent imprisonment in Russia are an extraordinary story – and, in a world reeling from the findings of the most recent IPCC Report, it’s proved sufficiently resonant to persuade Puttnam out of retirement and back behind the camera.

Lord Puttnam is an RMIT Adjunct Professor and an Ambassador for RMIT’s Capitol Theatre. A new partnership with ACMI and the Capitol Theatre was announced this week.

An overview of ‘Arctic Thirty’ can be seen at:

What: Public lecture by Lord David Puttnam

Culture and Technology: the new power couple. A Case History


When: Friday 23 November

10.00am – 12.00pm


Where: RMIT University

Building 80, Level 1, Theatre 002


Who: Lord David Puttnam, Academy Award winner and RMIT Adjunct Professor


Media: Media are welcome to attend. For media enquiries: RMIT Communications  0439 704 077

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