UAL’s London College of Communication is leading the way in London’s developing creative hub in Elephant and Castle with its new LCC Screen School.

Introducing LCC Screen School, Lord Puttnam and Larra Anderson, newly appointed Dean of Screen at LCC, spoke about the growing dominance of screens in our daily lives and how it has changed our interaction with film and TV. LCC Screen School has been designed to go beyond the traditional model of a film and television school to incorporate all significant elements of film and TV including animation, games, live events and sound arts and design. Larra Anderson, Dean of Screen at LCC, said:

We create new experiences for our audiences and through this we create memories. By this I mean we create our identity for the audience. By creating memories and identity, film seeks to make lives better. An entertainment that enlivens the soul. This is our business.

To mark the launch of LCC Screen School, Lord Puttnam, acclaimed British producer of classic films like Chariots of Fire (clip below), Bugsy Malone and The Killing Fields, opened the inaugural annual #LCCScreen School Presents…Lecture Series.

Talking to students, staff, filmmakers and film press, Lord Puttnam, producer of multiple award-winning films (10 Oscars, 25 BAFTAs & 1 Palm D’Or) and educator, spoke about the global film industry going through the huge successes over the last 100 years with a focus on the UK Film industry going from virtually nothing to being a creative leader.

He had a message for the future generation of creative talent in the film industry in light of Trump’s inauguration and Brexit negotiations…

London College of Communication launch of new Screen School with a lecture from British film producer and educator Lord Puttnam. Image © Ana Escobar

UAL London College of Communication launch of new LCC Screen School with a lecture from British film producer and educator Lord Puttnam, pictured with Larra Anderson, Dean of Screen, LCC. Image © Ana Escobar

This week is probably the most dangerous week for the EU with the inauguration of Trump and with the Brexit speech yesterday. It is honestly, one of the most dangerous political speeches I’ve heard in my lifetime. I’m not exaggerating, I think it’s frightening.

He continued:

At the Brexit House of Lords debate, I’m going to say that our industry is not going to throw out people who are economically viable in this country. We are not for one moment going to send them home. This is a talent driven business and we must stand our ground and continue to drive forward talented people in sufficient numbers.

On the wider film industry business model, Lord Puttnam commented:

We are good at what we do and we just need enough people to support the industry. We have to remain outstanding; we are an outstanding country for generating creative talent. This is why what UAL is doing here is so important.

It is a fragile business, we going to have to fight hard. We forget to remind people that there’s a circularity and a joint responsibility in making and funding creative work. We need to make consumers feel part of the process and they are paying for what they watch.

Reflecting on the quote ‘the world is full of poetry but most of it is yet to be written’, Puttnam said

We need to create writers, if we can do that we may even survive.

Left to right: Clive Baillie, LCC Alumnus & CEO of Hollywood marketing agency BLT Communications; Natalie Brett, Pro Vice Chancellor LCC; Lord Puttnam, award-winning film producer & educator; Nigel Carrington, UAL Vice Chancellor; Anne Morrison, Deputy Chair of BAFTA; Larra Anderson, LCC Dean of Screen; Kate O’Connor, screen education consultant and former Executive Director of Creative Skills Set; and Paris Baillie (daughter of Clive Baillie) at exhibition of work by Screen School students. Image © Ana Escobar

Speaking exclusively to UAL news at the exhibition of LCC Screen School’s work in LCC’s Upper Gallery to accompany the lecture, we asked Lord Puttnam about his book in 1997 The Undeclared War: Struggle for Control of the World’s Film Industry and whether, in the current political climate, he felt that war had now been declared on the industry. Lord Puttnam commented:

I am looking to revisit my book and focus on the new digital and political landscapes and how that might impact on the industry over the next few years.

And when asked for advice he would give UAL students, he said:

There’s plenty more films out there to be made. What put me off film-making when I was younger was not having a middle initial – so don’t let the small things put you off.