FILMCLUB Live - David Puttnam

17th July, 2012

Every month, FILMCLUB Live brings your club into contact with filmmakers of all kinds, via the wonder of the web. For a week each month (in school term time), we present Q&As and video reports, streamed live online to your film club in regular daily slots, especially tailored for primary and secondary audiences.

July's webcast week has a sporting theme especially for the Olympics. To watch the webcasts live, just visit our Close Encounters homepage. Email your questions in advance to, or tweet them to @filmclubuk.

Primary Webcast  - Monday 25 June - Suitable for ages 8-13

FILMCLUB reporter Chloe interviews David Puttnam, producer of the iconic British sports film, Chariots of Fire. In a live link-up to David's home in Ireland, we find out why religion and faith played a key role in the film's powerful story, discuss his favourite scenes, and ask him some superb questions from FILMCLUB members.

Secondary Webcast  - Monday 25 June - Suitable for ages 13-18

The Oscar award-winning Chariots of Fire is now back at the cinemas 30 years after its first theatrical release - perfect timing with the London Olympics just days away!

FILMCLUB reporter Chloe was on hand once more to give us the very best insight and interviews on the exciting news - this time attending the film's premiere in London, where she spoke to director Hugh Hudson, lead actor Ben Cross, and Olympic gold medalist Duncan Goodhew.

"Although it poured with rain for the whole day, it was a great experience and the stars were really nice." Read Chloe's written report on her day out on the red carpet.

Watch all of our FILMCLUB Live webcasts.


With the Olympic torch sprinting its way towards London, we've decided to illuminate the unique experience even further by highlighting some of the very best, diverse and inspirational Olympic and physical pursuit-related films on our catalogue.

Our two resources give you the lowdown on some remarkable films - providing a synopsis, critical reviews, background on how the film began and talking points to discuss at your clubs.

FILMCLUB Guide to...The Olympics

From sunny Jamaica’s unlikely bobsledding efforts in much-loved comedy Cool Runnings to the aggressive rivalry of Paralympian wheelchair rugby-players in Murderball, we take a closer look at five great Olympics-related films to get your club in the mood for the Games.

Download the resource here

FILMCLUB Guide to...International films for the Olympics

From a group of children in Rwanda determined to make it to the World Cup in the uplifting Africa United to tough lessons learnt by school kids about the need to co-operate in urban life in Beijing Bicycle, we bring together films about people connecting through physical pursuits.

Download the resource here

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