Launch Reception

A gathering of top directors, producers, agents and industry figures were guests of Lord Puttnam and the DCF Trustees on October 16th in the Attlee Room in the House of Lords. With the Thames flowing by outside the window, guests sipped the DCF’s very own copyright cocktail ‘The Director’, as they discussed the recently formed charity, and heard about its activities from Chair Vladimir Mirodan, and Trustees Madani Younis and Piers Haggard, OBE.

The speakers emphasised the inclusivity of the Trust, which represents directors from both screen and stage, and stressed its priorities of Support for directors in economic difficulties, promotion of Access to the profession from all backgrounds via the Directors in Schools programme, and exploration of the Directing Craft at the highest level, with emphasis on the interaction of stage and screen skills.  

The distinguished guests came from all branches of the profession and included Lord Melvyn Bragg, Sir Alan Parker, writer/director Stephen Poliakoff, writer/producer John Lloyd, directors SJ Clarkson, Nikolai Foster and Tim Sheader, Dennis Davidson of DDA, Robert Delamere of Digital Theatre+, Andrew Chowns and Steve Smith of Directors UK accompanied by a number of DUK Board members, and agents Sue Rodgers and Nick Marston.