Chariots of Fire producer returns to St Andrews

Monday 12 March 2012

The world’s children will be first to pay the price for war and violence, Lord David Puttnam will tell his audience when he delivers a lecture in School 3, St Salvator’s Quadrangle, University of St Andrews on Tuesday March 13, 2012 at 1830 hours as part of the University’s 600th Anniversary lecture series.

Lord Puttnam, the producer of Chariots of Fire which gave St Andrews its most iconic and recognisable moment in cinema history, will be speaking about the effect that war and violence has on children in the present and how it will continue to affect them in the future.

Elizabeth Wells, President of the University of St Andrews’ UNICEF on Campus society, said:

“The UNICEF on Campus Society is thrilled to be hosting Lord Puttnam here in St Andrews for the 600th anniversary. It is particularly exciting to have Lord Puttnam here as he has such a strong connection to both St Andrews, where he produced parts of Chariots of Fire, and UNICEF UK, where he served as President from 2002-2009.

“His appreciation for St Andrews reminds us of the culture and traditions that are an integral part of St Andrews, including student societies such as UNICEF, that have and will continue to contribute to university and town life.”

The event is free and open to all, but those wishing to attend are advised to get there early as a high level of interest is anticipated. Guests will be admitted on a first come first served basis and there will be a short question and answer session at the end of the lecture.

Lord Puttnam served as UNICEF UK President for seven years, from 2002-2009. In June 2009 he was appointed UNICEF UK Ambassador and in this role he has continued to support UNICEF’s work to protect children’s rights.

Released to great acclaim in 1981, Chariots of Fire tells the story of two athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics — one for the glory of God, one to overcome prejudice. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, it won four, including best picture.

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