1971: The year they took the truth

September 30, 2014 | Frontline Bloggers

By George Symonds

“J. Edgar Hoover was apoplectic.”

On Monday 29 September 2014, the Frontline Club screened 1971, the incredible story of eight US citizens whose courage – both moral and physical – led them to break into an FBI office to confiscate evidence of the bureau’s grave abuses of power.

The self-incriminating documents revealed the existence of COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program), the remit of which ranged from spying on women’s tea parties to what Noam Chomsky described as the, “Gestapo-style assassination”of Black Panther leaders.

In the post-screeening Q&A we were joined by director Johanna Hamilton via video link.

ISIS is here for a generation

September 26, 2014 Frontline Bloggers Comment

By Richard Nield

The threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the international network of militants it has spawned will be with us for a “generation”, according to experts speaking at the Frontline Club on Wednesday 24 September 2014.

From Al-Qaeda to ISIS: terrorist tactics. Panel discussion at the Frontline Club, 24 September 2014. From L to R: Patrick Cockburn; Peter Neumann; Sam Kiley; Alia Brahimi; Aymenn Al-Tamimi. Photograph by Richard Nield

From Al-Qaeda to ISIS: terrorist tactics. Panel discussion at the Frontline Club, 24 September 2014. From L to R: Patrick Cockburn, Peter Neumann, Sam Kiley, Alia Brahimi and Aymenn al-Tamimi. Photograph by Richard Nield

Libya: “A country which seems to be falling apart by accident.”

September 25, 2014 Frontline Bloggers Comment

By Caroline Rogers

On Wednesday 17 September, a panel chaired by Channel 4 News’ international editor Lindsey Hilsum, came together to discuss the current plight of Libya; what has gone wrong since the 2011 revolution, whether it really is on the brink of becoming a failed state, and what role the international community should play in pulling Libya away from this fate.


Restaurant Menu Update

September 24, 2014 Frontline Restaurant Comment

unnamedGot a bit chilly outside didn’t it? The year’s gone by so quickly hasn’t it? You really should have done that thing you super wanted to have done by now shouldn’t you?

While you’ve been procrastinating in Autumnal cliches our chef Halim’s gone hell for leather and come up with the ideal menu to warm those increasingly Winterish blues.

We’ve tried them out and they’re ruddy marvellous; stop by for sweetbreads, scallops, white onions soups, risotto, venison, trout and a half ton more.


In The Shadow Of War: The long-term reality

September 24, 2014 Frontline Bloggers Comment

By Antonia Roupell

On Monday 22 September the Frontline Club screened In The Shadow Of War. The film explores the impact the Bosnian war still has on today’s youth. It focuses on four characters whose lives, a generation after the war ended, are still shaped by the events of the 1990’s. The documentary was followed by a Q&A with co-directors, Sophia Scott and Georgia Scott, as well as the film’s executive producer, Christopher Hird.

The Process: “A view from the ground, of life inside the process.”

September 22, 2014 Frontline Bloggers Comment

By Ratha Lehall

On Friday 19 September, the Frontline Club hosted a screening of The Process, followed by a lively Q&A with the director, Joshua Baker, moderated by Jonathan Miller, foreign correspondent for Channel 4 News.

The film follows three main characters in Israel and Palestine: a young Israeli woman who has moved from her settlement to Tel Aviv, a privileged young Palestinian man who lives with his wealthy family in Ramallah and a mother living in the West Bank who is determined to join the struggle against occupation.


Night Will Fall: “Bearing witness to atrocity”

September 17, 2014 Frontline Bloggers Comment

By Phoebe Hall 

On Tuesday 16 September, the Frontline Club hosted a preview screening of Night Will Fall, followed by an insightful Q&A with director André Singer and producer Sally Angel. The powerful film interweaves eyewitness testimony and original archive footage in order to chronicle the process of the filming, by American and British and Soviet combat cameramen, of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps in 1945.


Part of the Club? Journalism Today

September 17, 2014 Frontline Bloggers Comment

By Elliott Goat

With journalism as a profession undergoing an intense period of upheaval and self-reflection, Grapevine Events, in conjunction with the Frontline Club, brought together some of the industry’s most prominent editors on Thursday 11 September to discuss the major issues affecting journalism today.

Following the BookNight with Patrick Cockburn

September 17, 2014 Sophie Kayes Comment


On Monday 15 September, the Clubroom hosted another fascinating night of discussion following the presentation of Patrick Cockburn’s new book, Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising.

Has the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch? Insight with Nick Davies

September 11, 2014 Frontline Bloggers Comment

By Alex Glynn

Nick Davies talking about his book Hack Attack

Investigative journalist Nick Davies treated the Frontline Club to a detailed insight into his new book, and into the saga that dominated seven years of his life – uncovering the hacking scandal at News of the World.

One thing that he makes clear in the book, Hack Attack, is that the investigation uncovered far more than just illegal activity at one of Britain’s top newspapers – it also shed light on the power a media mogul had accumulated. As the subtitle of the book asked: Has the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch?

New series of lectures on selected operas at the Frontline Club

September 10, 2014 Millicent Teasdale Comment


David Nice, musicologist, Radio 3 broadcaster and author of the first volume of a Prokofiev biography for Yale University Press, launches a new series of lectures on selected operas at the Frontline Club. He begins with ten classes on Prokofiev’s War and Peace, a selective operatic treatment of Tolstoy’s great novel much affected by bureaucratic intervention in the 1940s. The spring term is devoted to Wagner’s comedy Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, being staged by the opera world’s only director of genius, Richard Jones, at English National Opera. For the summer term the theme is Rossini’s last and most comprehensive opera on Swiss saviour William Tell.

Mondays 2.30-4.30 PM from 6 October to July 2015, three terms of ten weeks each, £180 per term. Contact David Nice for further information.

Upcoming BookNights for the Members’ Clubroom

September 1, 2014 merryn.johnson Comment


Following the success of our BookNights with Carlotta Gall, Tim Butcher and Nick Davies, it is our honour – Ed and mine – to announce the next two forthcoming dinners.

Digital boy in an analogue world

August 28, 2014 Frontline Bloggers Comment

By Elliott Goat

Following the screening of The Internet’s Own Boy – The Story of Aaron Swartz at the Frontline Club, director Brian Knappenberger, speaking via Skype, began by charting the genesis of the film. Engaging with hackers and hactivism through his previous project, We Are Legion, which screened at the Frontline Club in 2012, Knappenberger described how he was exposed to the outpouring and frustration that came from the death of Aaron Swartz who committed suicide following a two-year investigation by the US government.

“I was on a panel the week after Aaron died, everyone there knew him… had a personal story about him, and it was right at the very beginning of this tsunami of grief and anger and frustration that was coming out of the internet.”

While Swartz foresaw the revelations of the NSA’s surveillance programme, for Knappenberger, “one of the great tragedies is that we don’t have [Aaron] for this debate … on the topic of both government surveillance and big corporations… but I think
he would have been a big part of that discussion and the debate going on right now in Europe over the right to be forgotten.”

Brian Knappenberger

Hire the Frontline Club privately

August 22, 2014 Frontline Restaurant Comment

Looking for a private party space for the weekend for birthdays, reunions, or any other form of shindig? Look no further than the Frontline Club Bar, available for private hire on Saturdays.

A unique atmosphere in central London, with a full bar and a kitchen serving 3 course dinners, buffets or canapés, it’s the perfect venue for a multitude of events.

In need of something during the week, or a larger space? The screening and talk room above is also available complete with access to projectors and screens.

Contact Ian (ian.tesh@frontlineclub.com) or Aurélie (aurélie.bourguet@frontlineclub.com) for details, costs and availability. Club1

Architectural Violence: A closer look at the West Bank

August 14, 2014 Frontline Bloggers Comment

By Lizzie Kendal

As part of this year’s Summer Season exploring walls, barriers and borders today, the Frontline Club hosted a preview screening of The Architecture of Violence on Wednesday 13 August. It was followed by a Q&A with director Ana Naomi de Sousa and protagonist, architect and activist Eyal Weizman, moderated by filmmaker Olly Lambert. The film is part of Rebel Architecture, a six-part Al Jazeera English documentary series profiling architects who are using design as a form of activism and resistance to tackle the world’s urban, environmental and social crises.

Architecture of Violence