NORTH-EAST film fans are in for a rare treat, when legendary film producer Lord David Puttnam will present a free showing of the Oscar and Bafta-winning film, The Killing Fields.

The film, which was produced by Lord Puttnam, won three Oscar and eight Baftas and is considered a modern classic.

Lord Puttnam has recorded a special introduction to the film for the University of Sunderland, which will be shown before the free screening of The Killing Fields at the David Puttnam Media Centre Cinema at Sunderland University’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s at 1pm tomorrow (Wednesday, May 1).

The Killing Fields (15) is a harrowing drama about the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and the friendship between two journalists - Cambodian Dith Pran (Oscar winner Haing S Ngor) and American Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) - in a story of war, friendship and human spirit.

Lord Puttnam, who was Chancellor of the university between 1997 and 2007, is an award-winning film producer with a career spanning several decades.

Works such as Chariots of Fire won numerous awards, including the Oscar for best picture in 1981, and he is the only British filmmaker to ever have run a Hollywood studio, Columbia Pictures.