The other week the British Embassy in Vientiane, Laos invited Passa Paa to meet Lord David Puttnam. In 2012, he was elected as David Cameron’s Trade Envoy to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. In October 2013 Lord David spent 2 days in Laos visiting and meeting with British businesses and even gave a seminar to aspiring filmmakers here in Laos. For those of you who live in a cave and dont know – Lord David Puttnam is a British film producer and educator. He sits on the Labour benches in the House of Lords. His films have won 10 Oscars, 25 BAFTA’s and the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
1. Lord David, who had attended meetings in 8 of the ASEAN countries recognises “Laos as still being truly Asian.”
2. Filmmaker and politician, Lord David supports the arts as an industry. In fact Lord Puttnam was part of the Labour government team that wrote the The Creative Industries Mapping Document 2001.
3. Lord David Puttnam encouraged and praised companies like Passa Paa as being part of a small but important movement in Laos that supports the sustainability of traditional culture and handicrafts.
4. “I cannot think of a better place to invest than the development of Laos.” Said Lord David.
5. Lord David Puttnam is inspired by this quote from a George Bernard Shaw play. ‘Be true to the dreams of your youth.’