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Welcome To FDA 100: An educational resource celebrating the UK centenary of organised feature film releasing.

Our online resource considers how distributors play the pivotal role in connecting films with audiences. It spans the last 100 years of development and innovation, coming right up to date.

The resource has been produced with the support of Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), which celebrated the centenary of professional UK film distribution in 2015. More at

Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, CBE, President of FDA, introduces our resource and discusses the important role of film distribution.

Aimed at teachers of Film, Media, Business Studies and Art and Design, and students aged 14 to 18, the resource falls into two parts:

Part One: Cinema Paradiso Part Two: Back to the future
An interactive timeline highlights key moments in cinematic and moving image history which affected the ways in which films were distributed. It ranges from the first ‘talking picture’ through to the introduction of television, the first summer blockbuster - Jaws - and beyond. Featuring filmed interviews with industry experts, trailers, downloadable study notes and tasks, this section provides an in-depth, interactive examination of how films are released digitally in the 21st century.


Lord Puttnam of Queensgate | President of the FDA

Please see accompanying teachers’ notes which outline the resource and offer a variety of approaches to using these materials. We have also prepared a student workbook which contains some of the information from the website as well as all of the activities that we ask students to carry out.

A limited-edition printed wall-chart accompanies the launch of this resource. It is also available to download.


Delivering Dreams: A Century of British Film Distribution
by Geoffrey Macnab
Foreword by David Puttnam

Delivering Dreams tells the story of how films were, and are, brought to UK cinemagoers. It profiles some of the most flamboyant figures involved in UK film distribution over the last 100 years, and explores how the sector has reacted to rapidly changing markets and technological environments. Available now in paperback and as an e-book. Published by IB Tauris –