Magazine article Management Today

If I Had to Start Again. Lord Puttnam

Magazine article Management Today

If I Had to Start Again. Lord Puttnam

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I had loathed school and left with no qualifications, and replied to an ad for a messenger boy at the Evening Standard. I loved work, and was soon at an agency alongside Alan Parker, Ridley Scott and Charles Saatchi. It was an extraordinary time. Scott and Saatchi would stay past midnight, trying to out-do each other. There was a lot of laughter, and a real sense the world was changing and you could do anything.

At 28, through a mix of ludicrous arrogance and complete lack of knowledge, I got into the film industry. For the first time, I felt like a round peg in a round hole. My first production was well received. But I learnt more from producing my second film, Jacques Demy's Pied Piper, which starred Donovan and was catastrophic.

I had a hit with Midnight Express in 1977. It paid off my overdraft, but it wasn't how I wanted to work, and out of that experience came my more personal films: Chariots of Fire, Local Hero and Escape from the Killing Fields. …

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