Monday 28 July 2014, 7:00 PM
Since Rich Peppiatt’s hilariously withering resignation letter to Daily Star proprietor, Richard Desmond, became a viral sensation in 2011, his brutal honesty has made him a regular tabloid commentator on TV and radio. In One Rogue Reporter, he lampoons the hypocrisy and dishonesty of his former employers through a series of mischievous stunts and interviews with heavyweights from the worlds of journalism, ﬁlm, comedy and politics. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Rich Peppiatt. Chaired by Stewart Purvis, professor of television journalism at City University. He is a former editor-in-chief and CEO of ITN, Ofcom’s Partner for Content and Standards, and author of When Reporters Cross The Line: The Heroes, the Villains, the Hackers and the Spies.
Tuesday 29 July 2014, 7:00 PM
In the early hours of 4 June 1989, soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army opened fire on a pro-democracy protest killing untold hundreds of people. Twenty five years on the event has been commemorated around the world, but how does China remembers this defining moment in the country’s history?
Wednesday 30 July 2014, 7:30 PM
The 4,500-kilometer (2,800-mile) Urengoy–Pomary–Uzhgorod gas pipeline connects the second-largest gas field in the world in Urengoy, West Siberia, with the Western European market. It has become one of the most vital arteries of the Russian economy, with Vladimir Putin claiming that its gas and oil revenues account for half of Russia’s disposable capital. For 104 days, renowned director Vitaly Mansky followed the course of this Trans-Siberian gas pipeline through seven different countries. Pipeline is a visually refined road movie offering an unsettling portrait of the legendary Trans-Siberian gas pipeline, on which much of Europe is still reliant.
Wednesday 6 August 2014, 7:30 PM
Belarus is governed by Europe’s last dictator, Alexander Lukashenko. In the run-up to the 2010 presidential election and for a year afterwards, filmmaker Madeleine Sackler followed the trials and tribulations of Belarus Free Theatre, an underground theater company based in Minsk and led by Natalia and Nikolai. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Madeleine Sackler via Skype.
Friday 8 August 2014, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This summer the Frontline Club is heading to Wilderness Festival and we hope to see you all there.
We will be bringing together a panel of journalists who have covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to shed light on what has been happening on the ground. They will be discussing how this latest escalation is different from those we have seen in the past and the perils of reporting this age old conflict.
Wednesday 13 August 2014, 7:30 PM
In a journey across the settlements, the roads and the Separation Wall of the West Bank, Eyal Weizman demonstrates how architecture is central to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and how his work on the architecture of occupation has led him to understand the discipline’s role in modern urban warfare. This Al Jazeera Rebel Architecture preview screening will be followed by a discussion with director Ana Naomi de Sousa and protagonist and architect Eyal Weizman.
Wednesday 20 August 2014, 7:30 PM
Academy Award-nominated documentary Rabbit à la Berlin uses the Berlin Wall rabbit population as a metaphor for the huge transition post-communist societies underwent. For 28 years, the Death Zone between the Berlin Walls was a safe home for wild rabbits: full of grass, no predators, guards protecting them from human disturbance. They were enclosed but happy, until, one day, the wall fell down. The rabbits had to abandon the comfortable system they had been living in and are still learning how to live in the free world. An additional selection of short documentaries connected to the fall of the Berlin Wall will be added to the programme.
Wednesday 27 August 2014, 7:30 PM
As a teenager, programming prodigy Aaron Swartz took the Internet community by storm. His intellect and understanding matched its most seasoned members. Today, his fingerprints are all over the Internet, from his help in the development of the basic Internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit. But Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice combined with his aggressive approach to information access ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare, with fatal consequences.
Wednesday 3 September 2014, 7:00 PM
First Wednesday returns after the summer break, bringing together a panel of experts, commentators and journalists to tackle the top story of the month. They will be answering your questions and offering insight and analysis to make sure you have all the information you need to make sense of events.
Friday 5 September 2014, 7:00 PM
Join us for an evening of short documentaries, from different parts of the world, covering a wide range of topics. Shorts at the Frontline Club showcases moving, striking and funny films, exploring the many different faces of documentary filmmaking.
Tuesday 9 September 2014, 7:00 PM
In July 2011, revelations that journalists from The News of the World hacked the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler created public outrage. The man behind that story, and the years of investigative work that came before it, was Nick Davies. He will be joining us to talk about the investigation, the revelations and the future of press regulation. We will be asking how the press have changed in a post-Leveson world and whether they have really reformed.
Thursday 11 September 2014, 6:30 PM
With everyone talking about the future of journalism, it’s easy to forget what’s happening now. Do paywalls work? Is the industry still in crisis? Is it still too white and middle class? And where are the jobs?
Grapevine events will be inviting some of the country’s top editors for a night of questions – and answers.
Friday 12 September 2014, 7:00 PM
In the north-western city of Peshawar, Pakistan, it is estimated that nine out of 10 street children have been sexually abused. With police on the ground mostly caught up with Taliban attacks, the safety of children is not a priority. Pakistan’s Hidden Shame follows 13-year-old orphan Naeem. He has been addicted to heroin for five years and frequently sells his body to fund his habit. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Emmy Award-winning producer Jamie Doran.
Thursday 18 September 2014, 7:00 PM
The infamous Club Quiz returns in September with quizmasters Caroline Johns and Dr Keith Surridge.
Teams can consist of up to six people and the entry cost is £5 per person. All money raised goes to the Frontline Fund, assisting families of fixers and support staff killed or injured while working with the international media.
Friday 19 September 2014, 7:00 PM
The Process gives a snapshot of contemporary life inside the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, revealing what the politics mean for those who are waiting for peace. It is a tale from the ground, of life governed from above. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Joshua Baker.
Monday 22 September 2014, 7:00 PM
Thousands of children born in the midst of the Bosnian war were abandoned, orphaned or abused. Through the stories of four remarkable young people, filmmakers Sophia Scott and Georgia Scott capture the hopes and dreams of a new generation, forced to live with the ongoing effects of the war. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the co-directors.
Wednesday 24 September 2014, 7:00 PM
Thirteen years on from the 9/11 terrorist attack on the US by Al Qaeda, how has the organisation evolved around the world and what are its links with developing groups such a ISIS and al-Shabaab? A panel of experts will be joining us to examine the tactics and strategies these affiliated groups have developed and what is being done to combat them.
Thursday 15 October 2014, 7:00 PM
Described as “the foremost television cameraman of his generation”, Darren Conway, or DC as he is widely known, has been documenting global events for two decades. He has received the RTS award for best news cameraman six times and earlier this year he was awarded an OBE for services to British broadcast journalism. He will be joining Vin Ray in conversation to reflect on a career capturing some of the most poignant pictures of the past 20 years.