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Former student returns to showcase film and television achievements

Published: 11 March 2003

Renowned film and television designer and University of Southampton graduate, Michael Pickwoad will be returning to talk about his experiences in the film industry for this year's Hartley Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 25 March.

Michael has a long list of television and film successes - including the cult classic Withnail and I, The Krays, TV court room drama Kavanagh QC and the recently acclaimed High Heels and Low Lifes - and has worked alongside many film industry legends.

He graduated from the University of Southampton in 1967 with a BSc in Civil Engineering before forging a remarkable career as a production designer beginning in 1987. Prior to that he gained experience as an art director and worked on a number of films during the 70s and early 80s.

The lecture is entitled "Deception and Perception - The Illusive Art of Film Design" and there will be an opportunity for people to ask Michael questions at the end.

All are welcome to the event, which starts at 7pm in Lecture Theatre A at the University's Avenue Campus. It is free but tickets are required for entry and are available from the University Alumni Office, by telephoning 023 8059 2747.

Notes for editors

  1. Michael Pickwoad's film and television credits include:
    Death in Holy Orders (2003) TV
    Wild West (2002) TV Series
    High Heels and Low Lifes (2001)
    David Copperfield (2000) TV
    The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000) TV
    Honest (2000)
    The Krays (1990)
    How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
    Withnail and I (1987)
  2. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University, which celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2002, has 20,000 students and over 4,500 staff and plays an important role in the City of Southampton. Its annual turnover is in the region of £235 million.
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