Magazine article Screen International

David Puttnam Returns to Production with 'Arctic 30'

Magazine article Screen International

David Puttnam Returns to Production with 'Arctic 30'

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The former Columbia studio boss is to make Arctic 30, a feature about the experiences of 30 Greenpeace activists thrown into Russia's prison system after protesting against drilling in the Arctic.

The film is based on Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg: The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic 30, a book by Ben Stewart, published earlier this month.

Lord Puttnam and Le Pacte co-owner Hani Farsi of Corniche Pictures have signed a joint venture to produce the film. A director has yet to be announced.

Puttnam credits Emma Thompson, who is involved in the film and is set to help script it, with kickstarting the project.

"We wouldn't have reached this point without her and it is very much her decision from here on in as to the degree to which she will be involved but she couldn't be more enthusiastic and she couldn`t have been more helpful," said Puttnam.

Arctic 30

The activists' plan was peaceful - to attach a Greenpeace pod to the side of a floating offshore rig in order to prevent oil being extracted from Arctic waters. …

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