Collection of Film / Movie & Music – Memorabilia with rare, inscribed/signed books, photographs and promotional ephemera as well as related materials from the private library of Lord David Puttnam and few other sources. The collection includes a large amount of international publications and important monographs on the History of Film and Movies and also several signed and/or inscribed/dedicated Vinyl-Records by early friends of David Puttnam (Ringo Starr, Barbra Streisand etc.) together with some publications on Literature, History, Photography. Also included are several amazing association-copies from David Puttnam’s time as producer at Columbia Studios; like a signed and spectecularly inscribed book by important Director Spike Lee, Director and friend Alan Parker etc. etc. We list here a few items but the complete list of items, described in detail and photographed, will be visible over time on our website under “Libraries & Collections”. Among the titles are for example: 1. A xeroxed copy of the second draft of “Chariots of Fire”, which David Puttnam signed in 2019 and to which he added a wonderful manuscript note and story of the Script: “This is a very interesting early Draft of ‘Chariots of Fire’ – A year later we started shooting the film in Cambridge – Almost exactly two years later the film won the BAFTA Best Picture Award and a few weeks later The ‘Oscar’ ! – Colin Welland also won for Best Screenplay that same evening. Reading this you can see why. Regards – David Puttnam”/ 2. Collection of signed vintage Vinyl owned by Lord David Puttnam, signed and inscribed Records by famous artists and musicians like Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr, Jean-Michel Jarre as well as soundtracks of his own films (included are Local Hero [not signed by Mark Knopfler but signed by David Puttnam], Midnight Express) etc. / 3. Amazing, absolutely wonderful association copy of Alan Parker’s “Cartoon Version” of his movie “Evita” with which he thanked his cast and crew. This being a personally inscribed copy from Alan Parker to his friends David & Patsy Puttnam. Accompanied by a two-page letter, signed by Parker and citing a quote of David Puttnam reflecting on his own experiences in the movie-business with a bit of ironic advice for his friend Alan Parker on how to exit the movie-business. / 4. Collection of books by writers befriended to David Puttnam, often signed and/or inscribed (Nick Hornby – Fever Pitch / Edna O’Brien – Time and Tide etc.) / 5. Collection of monographs and biographies on and by Actors, Directors, Film and Movie-MakingTechnique, Sociology of Film etc. etc. / 6. Large collection of photographical stills as well as portraits of Directors on set during the act of directing, etc. etc.
London / UK / USA, c.1968-1996. Octavo. Original Hardcover with the rare illustrated dustjacket in protective collector’s Mylar. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.
David Terence Puttnam, Baron Puttnam, CBE, HonFRSA, HonFRPS, MRIA (born 25 February 1941) is a British film producer, educator, environmentalist and former member of the House of Lords. His productions include Chariots of Fire, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Midnight Express and Memphis Belle. He sat on the Labour benches in the House of Lords, although he was not principally a politician. In 2019 he was appointed chair to the select committee on democracy and digital technologies. The committee published its findings in its Digital Technology & the Resurrection of Trust report in June 2020.
Puttnam was born in Southgate, London, England, the son of Marie Beatrix, a homemaker of Jewish origin, and Leonard Arthur Puttnam, a photographer. Educated at Minchenden Grammar School in London, Puttnam had an early career in advertising, including five formative years at Collett Dickenson Pearce, and as agent acting for the photographers David Bailey and Brian Duffy.
David Puttnam’s Career in Film:
Puttnam turned to film production in the late 1960s, working with Sanford Lieberson’s production company Goodtimes Enterprises. The first feature he produced was Melody (1971), based on a script by Alan Parker and which was a minor hit.
Puttnam and Lieberson produced the documentaries Peacemaking 1919 (1971), Glastonbury Fayre (1972), and Bringing It All Back Home (1972). Their second film, The Pied Piper (1972), directed by Jacques Demy was not a success, but That’ll Be the Day (1973) with David Essex proved a hit.
Puttnam and Lieberson went on to produce The Final Programme (1973), a science fiction film, and made some more documentaries, these being Double Headed Eagle: Hitler’s Rise to Power 1918-1933 (1973) and Swastika (1974).
Puttnam and Lieberson executive-produced the Ken Russell biopic Mahler (1974), and did a sequel to That’ll Be The Day, entitled Stardust (1974) and directed by Michael Apted.
There were more documentaries: Radio Wonderful (1974), Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1975), James Dean: The First American Teenager (1975) and The Memory of Justice (1976).
A second film with Russell, Lisztomania (1975), was a box office disaster and led to the end of the Puttnam-Lieberson partnership.
Puttnam had a box office success with Bugsy Malone (1976), a musical he executive-produced, written and directed by Alan Parker, and produced by Alan Marshall. It was the last film Puttnam would make under the ‘Goodtimes’ banner. He went on to set up a new company, Enigma Films.
Puttnam produced The Duellists (1977), the directorial debut of Ridley Scott; and with Marshall once more, he produced Midnight Express (1978), directed by Parker from a script by Oliver Stone, and which was a notable box office success.
Puttnam made his first film in America, Foxes (1980), itself the directorial debut of Adrian Lyne. It was a box office flop.
Puttnam’s next film was his most successful yet. Chariots of Fire (1981), the first feature directed by Hugh Hudson, became a massive hit and won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was produced in association with Goldcrest Pictures.
Puttnam set up a television company, Enigma TV, and made a series of television films in association with Goldcrest, which carried Puttnam’s name as executive producer. Six were made as a series called First Love for the fledgling Channel Four: P’tang, Yang, Kipperbang (1982), directed by Apted; Experience Preferred… But Not Essential (1982); Secrets (1983); Those Glory Glory Days (1983); Sharma and Beyond (1983); and Arthur’s Hallowed Ground (1984). Other films produced for television were Forever Young (1983); Red Monarch (1983); and Winter Flight (1984).
Puttnam continued to produce feature films. He had another success with Local Hero (1983), written and directed by Bill Forsyth; and also produced the acclaimed Cal (1984) directed by Pat O’Connor, and The Killing Fields (1984), directed by Roland Joffe.
Puttnam continued to executive produce television movies such as The Frog Prince (1985), Mr. Love (1985), Defence of the Realm (1986), and Knights & Emeralds (1986). He also produced The Mission (1986), directed by Joffe from a script by Robert Bolt, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986.
Puttnam was chairman and CEO of Columbia Pictures from June 1986 until September 1987. There he oversaw a development of the $270-million film package that has a number of 15-18 films for the first two years, and a number of 15 films for the next two years, and handled in such acquisitions, like The Big Easy, from Kings Road Productions, and Spike Lee’s low budget feature School Daze, and made a decision to drop big-budget films in favor of smaller features, a move that did not sit well with Coca-Cola and Hollywood, and decided to let deals with existing contracts expire.
Post-Columbia producing work:
Puttnam returned to producing individual films with Memphis Belle (1990), Meeting Venus (1991), A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (1992), Being Human (1994), War of the Buttons (1994), The Confessional (1994), and My Life So Far (1995). He also executive-produced The Josephine Baker Story (1991), Without Warning: The James Brady Story (1992), and The Burning Season (1994).
Puttnam returned to the field of film production in 2015 to oversee pre-production of Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg, Ben Stewart’s account of the Arctic 30 incident. He stepped away from the role in 2019 when he was appointed to chair the House of Lords Special Committee ‘Democracy and Digital Technology’.
Puttnam is the President of the Film Distributors’ Association; Chair of the TSL Advisory Board; Chair of Nord Anglia International School, Dublin; Life President, National Film & Television School, a UNICEF Ambassador, and Adjunct Professor of Film Studies and Digital Humanities at University College Cork. He is also the chair of Atticus Education, an online education company based in Ireland. Atticus delivers interactive seminars on film and a variety of other subjects to educational institutions around the world.
In 1983, Puttnam was appointed CBE. In 1995 Puttnam was appointed as a Knight Bachelor. In 1997, he was created as a life peer and was granted Letters Patent to become Baron Puttnam, of Queensgate in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. On 12 October 2021, it was announced that Lord Puttnam will retire from the Lords after 24 years service on 27 October 2021. In 1998, Puttnam was named in a list of financial donors to the British Labour Party. In 2002, he chaired the joint scrutiny committee on the Communications Bill, which recommended an amendment to prevent ownership of British terrestrial television stations by companies with a significant share of the newspaper market. This was widely interpreted as being aimed at stopping Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation from buying Channel Five. When the government opposed the amendment, Puttnam brokered a compromise – the introduction of a ‘public interest’ test, to be applied by the new regulator Ofcom but without explicit restrictions.
From 2004 to 2005, Puttnam chaired the Hansard Society Commission on Communication of Parliamentary Democracy, the final report of which urged all political parties to commit to a renewal of parliamentary life in an attempt to reinvigorate representative democracy. In 2007, he chaired the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill.
From 2012 to 2017, Puttnam was the Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma). During the same period, Puttnam – who lives in Skibbereen, County Cork – was named Ireland’s Digital Champion by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte, TD. Lord Puttnam on 10 July 2006 at the University of Sunderland School of Computing and Technology Awards Ceremony. In August 2014, Puttnam was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September’s referendum on that issue.
In June 2019, Puttnam chaired the special House of Lords Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee, set up to investigate the impact of digital technologies on democracy and oversaw the publication of its findings in June 2020. The report, Digital Technology & the Resurrection of Trust, made 45 recommendations to government to address the spread of misinformation and disinformation and the consequential erosion of public trust. Lord Puttnam announced his retirement from the House of Lords on 15 October 2021 as he delivered The Shirley Williams Lecture. His reasons for leaving were detailed in his speech, the full content of which was posted on his website and social media.
For 10 years, Puttnam was chairman of the National Film and Television School whose alumni included people such as Nick Park; and in 2017, he succeeded Richard Attenborough as Life President. Puttnam founded Skillset, which trains young people to become members of the film and television industries. From 2002 to 2009, he was UK president of UNICEF and remains an ambassador.
Puttnam was the first Chancellor of the University of Sunderland from 1997 until 13 July 2007. He was appointed an Honorary Doctor of Education during the School of Education and Lifelong Learning’s Academic Awards Ceremonies and upon his retirement, he was granted the Freedom of the City of Sunderland. In 1998, he founded the National Teaching Awards and became its first chairman. He was the founding chairman of the General Teaching Council from 2000 to 2002, was appointed as Chancellor of the Open University from 2006 to 2017, and was also the Chairman of NESTA (The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) from 1998 until 2003. He was also on the board of directors of learning technologies company Promethean.
Puttnam is the patron of Schools NorthEast, an organisation set up in 2007 to represent all schools in the North East of England. He is also a patron of the Shakespeare Schools Festival (now Shakespeare Schools Foundation), a charity that enables school children across the UK to perform Shakespeare in professional theatres. In 2012 he founded Atticus Education delivering interactive seminars on film, media and screen to students at universities all over the world.
From May 2014 until 2018, Puttnam was Chair of the Academic Board for Pearson College, part of Pearson PLC, the first FTSE 100 company to offer degrees in the UK. In March 2015, Puttnam was made a freeman at the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead, in recognition of his service as chairman at the Sage Gateshead.
Puttnam was a member of the Commonwealth of Learning’s Board of Governors until January 2020. Today he holds a number of positions including President of the Film Distributors’ Association, Chair of Nord Anglia International School (Dublin), Life President of the National Film & Television School, Chair of Film London Executive Task Force, UNICEF Ambassador, Member of the Advisory Board of Accenture (Ireland), Adjunct Professor of Film Studies and Digital Humanities at University College Cork, Adjunct Professor of the School of Media & Communications at RMIT University (Australia), Patron of the Dublin Bid World Summit on Media for Children 2020/2023 and International Ambassador, WWF. He is a member of the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) Parliamentary Network. (Wikipedia)