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Tuesday 24 October 2017

David Puttnam shares his Hollywood expertise online

David Puttnam's Oscar-winning film 'Chariots of Fire'
David Puttnam's Oscar-winning film 'Chariots of Fire'

Roisin Burke

OSCAR-WINNING Hollywood producer David Puttnam, the maker of pioneering films like Killing Fields and Chariots of Fire, pictured, has started his own Skibbereen-based digital-education venture.

Called 'Atticus Education', it has deals with BT Ireland and Cisco to give online video seminars on film and other subjects to universities worldwide from his home in West Cork, using BT and Cisco's video-conference technology. It was set up last year.

The film-maker does streamed video seminars each week from his home to students in Britain, the US, Asia and Australia.

Puttnam is also a director at Riverdeep founder Barry O'Callaghan's RISE digital education group and is involved with some of his other ventures.

Since retiring from film in 1998, Puttnam has been an education pioneer, especially in the digital sphere. He is a government-appointed 'Digital Champion' for Ireland, with a remit to promote more progressive use of technology in education and small business.

Puttnam's films have won 10 Oscars and many other awards. Among his best-known are Midnight Express, Local Hero and Bugsy Malone. He won Best Picture Oscar for Chariots of Fire in 1981.

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