Legendary film producer Lord David Puttnam will present a free showing of the Oscar and Bafta-winning film, The Killing Fields at Sunderland University.

The film, which was produced by Lord Puttnam, won three Oscar and eight Baftas and is considered a modern classic.  Lord Puttnam has recorded a special introduction to the film for the University of Sunderland, which will be shown before the free screening of The Killing Fields on Wednesday, May 1, at 1pm at the David Puttnam Media Centre Cinema at the university’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s.

The Killing Fields (15) is a harrowing drama about the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and the friendship between two journalists – Cambodian Dith Pran (Oscar winner Haing S Ngor) and American Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) – in a story of war, friendship and human spirit.

John-Paul Green, Team Leader in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland, says: “Roland Joffe’s 1984 film, The Killing Fields is a powerful and emotional film set against the backdrop of the Khmer Rouge’s regime in Cambodia. The film’s producer, David Puttnam has recorded an exclusive introduction for the film’s screening at the University of Sunderland.  He describes the film as one of his most ambitious undertakings.  Lord Puttnam provides an invaluable insight to the movie’s development.”

Lord Puttnam, who was Chancellor of the University between 1997 and 2007, is an award-winning film producer with a career spanning several decades. Works such as Chariots of Fire won numerous awards, including the Oscar for best picture in 1981, and he is the only British filmmaker to ever have run a Hollywood studio, Columbia Pictures. As well as producing films, Lord Puttnam has also forged a successful career as a politician and advertising executive.

The Killing Fields, introduced by Lord Puttnam, will be screened at the David Puttnam Media Cinema, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s on Wednesday, May 1, at 1pm.  This event is free and open to all.