Puttnam Says Attenborough Was 'Force of Nature'

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Puttnam Says Attenborough Was 'Force of Nature'


Mitchell, Wendy, Screen International


Lord Puttnam, speaking at a Film Distributors' Association event in London yesterday, paid tribute to his late friend and colleague Richard Attenborough [pictured].

Puttnam said:

As this is the first time I've spoken in public since Richard Attenborough passed away a couple of months ago, on 24 August, I hope you'll allow me to share a few reflections about a man who was an irreplaceable friend to all of us.

From the distance of just a couple of months, the warmth of the tributes paid to Richard, and the vast range of them, from so many different walks of life, continue to speak volumes about the impact of his extraordinary generosity on everyone of us in the industry.

That he was a brilliantly charming 'force of nature' who liked to get his own way is certainly true - but his own way was always about making the finest film possible, or giving a deserving cause every scrap of his uniquely energetic support. His way was the 'high-way'!

From childhood, as you know, he cared deeply about contributing to the greater good of society. Often those causes were to be found here, within the film industry itself. Indeed, I'd argue that no single person ever contributed more to the sector they worked in than did Richard Attenborough for the British film industry.

Those glowing obituaries understandably focused on the epic movies he made, but were relatively light on his towering support for bodies such as BAFTA, RADA, Channel 4 and Denville Hall, the home where he actually died. …

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