Lord Puttnam to speak on Eric Liddell

The life of Eric Liddell is to be remembered in a lecture by Oscar-winning producer Lord David Puttnam.

Lord Puttnam, who made the Academy Award winning film Chariots of Fire about Liddell’s triumph at the 1924 Olympics, will give his talk - Eric Liddell: All of Life is a Race - at the University on Thursday 3 May.

Liddell's legacy

Liddell won gold in the 400 metres event in the Paris Olympics while still a student at the University. He then graduated with a degree in Pure Science before moving to China to do missionary work. He died in a Japanese internment camp in 1945.

In many ways Liddell was the kind of person who, in my heart of hearts, I’d always dreamed of being. Few lives have more to teach us about the virtues of honour and probity.

Lord David Puttnam

Award-winning career

In a 30 year career Lord Puttnam has produced award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle. His films have won 10 Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palme D’Or at Cannes.

With the cry of ‘The British are coming,’ Lord Puttnam won the Best Picture Oscar in 1981 for Chariots of Fire.

He retired from film production in 1998 to focus on his work in public policy as it relates to education, the environment, and the ‘creative and communications’ industries.

Lord Puttnam was awarded a CBE in 1982, a knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997.

Edinburgh Lectures 2012

The talk is part of the Edinburgh Lecture series. It will be chaired by Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.

Eric Liddell: All of Life is a Race

Thursday 3 May 2012, 6.00pm

Thursday 3 May 2012, 7.30pm

George Square Lecture Theatre, George Square, EH3 9BZ

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