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the media lunch club was established in 1994, by producer Martin Cahill, as a non-profit making, and politically neutral, networking society and has grown to become the film, tv and media industry's premiere café du commerce.

 

Monthly lunches are held in London's West End (and a Brighton away-day lunch during the summer), with an invited guest speaker. Some of our previous speakers include:

Producers: Tim Bevan, Stephen Evans, Rebecca O'Brien, Richard Holmes, Jeremy Thomas, Duncan Kenworthy, Michael Kuhn, Nik Powell, Marc Samuelson, Richard Holmes, Michael Deeley, Simon Channing-Williams and Jeremy Bolt.

 

Directors: Sir Alan Parker, Waris Hussein, Roy Ward Baker, Vic Armstrong, Jack Cardiff, Ronnie Neame, Beban Kidron, Lewis Gilbert, John Glen, Guy Hamilton and Ray Harryhausen.

Executives: Duncan Reid (Ingenious), Greg Dyke, Ian Hutchinson (Silver Reel) Amanda Nevill (BFI), Stewart Till, Lenny Crooks (formerly of New Cinema Fund, UK Film Council), David Thompson, Steve Christian (Pinewood Films), Peter Bennett-Jones, Hilary Davis (Bankside); Mike Goodridge (Protagonist) John Woodward (former CEO, UK Film Council), Jane Lighting (former CEO Channel 5) and Lorraine Heggesey, Sara Geater.

 

Plus: Sir Roger Moore; Dick Clement; Honor Blackman; Sir Ronald Harwood; Patsy Pollock, Jon Hubbard and Jeremy Zimmerman (Casting Directors); David Cooke (director of BBFC); Dr Kim Howells MP & Shaun Woodward MP (former Film Ministers); Victor Spinetti (Actor); Nina Myscow (Broadcaster); Richard 'Jaws' Kiel (Actor \ Writer); Simon George (Ealing Studios Productions); Simon Oakes (Hammer Films) & many, many more.

the media lunch club also hosts a networking evening each year, our prestigious ' Martin Cahill Memorial Lecture'.

 

In 2009, we started holding the additional and occasional 'Briefing Lunches', to focus on a more specialised subject in an intimate board-room setting such as, most recently, a "Brexit and the implications on film industry" . These lunches are free, and have proven very popular.

 

Membership is inexpensive and open to all in the media business.

 

On April 19th Sir Alan Parker joined us for our 200th lunch, and cut the special birthday cake!

On April 19th Sir Alan Parker joined us for our 200th lunch, and cut the special birthday cake!

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David Austin

David Austin
CEO, British Board Of Film Classification

Friday February 15th 2019

 

David Austin has been the CEO of the British Board of Film Classification since 2016.

 

The British Board of Film Classification is an independent, non-governmental body which has classified cinema films since it was set up in 1912 and videos/ DVDs since the Video Recordings Act was passed in 1984 and latterly video games.

 

David joined the BBFC in 2003 as an Examiner following a career in the Diplomatic Service, serving in South Asia, Central Africa and the former Yugoslavia. In 2011 David moved to the role of Assistant Director Policy and Public Affairs where he coordinated the BBFC's policy work and led on its public affairs efforts. He was also responsible for managing the BBFC’s research, communications and education programmes.

 

In January 2019 new guidelines were introduced which will see stricter ratings on films featuring sexual violence and ‘the language of pornography’.

 

David will offer an insight into the classifications process, discuss some of the more controversially regarded decisions it has made, and touch upon how it is embracing new technology and changing in line with evolving public attitudes.


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