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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, Simon Oakes (Hammer films), Paul Brett and Jeremy Bolt.

 

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

 

Executives: Duncan Reid (Ingenious), Greg Dyke (TV), Ian Hutchinson (Silver Reel), Lord Michael Grade, Amanda Nevill (BFI), Stewart Till (former UK Film Council Chairman), Lenny Crooks (formerly of New Cinema Fund, UK Film Council), David Thompson (formerly BBC Films), Steve Christian (Pinewood Films), Peter Bennett-Jones (Tiger Aspect), John Woodward (former CEO, UK Film Council), Jane Lighting (former CEO Channel 5), Simon George (Ealing Studios Productions), Lorraine Heggesey (ITV/BBC), Dr Kim Howells MP & Shaun Woodward MP (former Film Ministers), Sara Geater (all 3 media) and Robert Duval, David Cooke & David Austin (directors of BBFC);

 

Sales agents: Hilary Davis (Bankside), Mike Goodridge (Protagonist), Martin Myers (Miracle Communications), Andrew Loveday (Carnaby), Maura Ford (7 & 7), Alex Hamilton (former E One, now Pathe), David Grumbach (Juliette Films, Luxembourg), Michael Ryan (formerly J&M, now independent).

 

Actors: Sir Roger Moore, Britt Ekland, Honor Blackman, Judy Cornwell, Jenny Hanley, Sally Geeson, Virginia McKenna, Ray Brooks, Bruce Montagu, Brian Capron, Victor Spinetti, Richard Kiel, Madeline Smith.

 

Writers: Dick Clement, Sir Ronald Harwood, Rob Sprackling, Jimmy Perry, Brian Clemens, Raymond Allen, Jimmy Sangster. …. to name but a few!

 

the media lunch club also hosts occasional evening networking events, from 2009 additional and occasional 'Briefing Lunches', (to focus on a more specialised subject in an intimate board-room setting) and during the Coronavirus pandemic switched to online podcasts, with guests in discussion with committee member and broadcaster Olly Smith.

 

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 2013 Sir Alan Parker joined us for our 200th lunch, and cut the special birthday cake!

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David Parfitt

Friday January 28th 2022
David Parfitt
Oscar-winning film producer

 

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David Parfitt won the Best Picture Academy Award in 1998 for Shakespeare In Love and in 2021 producing the multi-award winning The Father with Anthony Hopkins delivering a career-best performance.

 

Having trained as an actor, in the late 1980s David chose to concentrate on production. He co-founded the Renaissance Theatre Company with Kenneth Branagh in 1987, and was associate producer of their first production, Henry V in 1989. Since then he has produced and associate-produced many films, including Peter's Friends, Swan Song, Much Ado About Nothing, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Twelfth Night, The Wings of the Dove, Gangs of New York (Production Consultant), I Capture the Castle, Chasing Liberty, A Bunch of Amateurs, My Week with Marilyn, Loving Vincent and Red Joan.

 

He also produced TV adaptations of Parade's End in 2012 and The Wipers Times in 2013 for the BBC, both of which were nominated for British Academy Television Awards.

 

He was Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) from 2008 to 2010.

 

David is one of the UK’s most successful and tenacious film producers!


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