October 19, 2016

The blood flow of the global economy

‘These came by ship,’ journalist Rose George remarked in the opening minutes of the film, casting her eyes over her clothes, ‘my shoes probably came by ship, the microphone certainly…’ The device you’re using to read this blog probably did too: 90% of everything we consume arrives in a shipping container.

October 19, 2016

Unconstitutional abortion laws highlighted by documentary

Director Dawn Porter was a lawyer before she was a filmmaker. Her film, Trapped, is about the impact of abortion regulation on clinics in southern US states. It’s rare to have a story where the main plot is legislation, but it works, and it’s heart-breaking.

October 18, 2016

A conversation with Patrick Cockburn

Each conflict is nuanced, its history and its fanatics. We, as consumers of entertainment, are taught to laud our heroes and demonize our villains, forgetting that the real world breeds only people and their overlapping interests.

October 13, 2016

Violent Borders: Border Conflict, Security and the Refugee Crisis

In the absence of legitimate methods of travelling to safer lands, smugglers enjoy a booming trade with a huge supply of refugees willing to pay to escape their home country. Elinor Raikes discussed the irony of a system that refuses entry actually increases risk: “you’re pushing people into these illegal, uncontrolled, unmanaged routes, and actually it’s worse for our security.”

October 12, 2016

Displacement and demography: Colombia

“Not quite the evening we thought we were going to have”, began Ed Vulliamy, journalist for The Guardian and The Observer. A talk that was expected to celebrate the formal end to 52 years of civil war, ended up examinging why a much celebrated peace deal between the Farc and the Colombian government was rejected in a public referendum.

October 2, 2016

The Nauru files: changing the narrative of media coverage on refugee issues

“It is very hard for Muslim girls to live in Burma. For the boys it is not so dangerous. They just get killed,” said the first girl, 13. “I consumed washing detergents… poison… I’m so tired of everything,” said the second girl.

September 15, 2016

Kleptoscope: London’s Dirty Money

“Three quarters of money looted in Russia comes to the UK.” The audience sat in stunned silence. Roman Borisovich continued, “there is an army of UK bankers, accountants, lawyers, trustees, and other professionals assisting Russian corruption.”

September 9, 2016

In the Picture with Paula Bronstein: Afghanistan – Between Hope and Fear

‘Mob rule took over’ she said quietly, ‘and they killed her’. The grief and anger at Farkhunda Malikzada’s funeral is one of many harrowing events Paula Bronstein has documented. But her latest book, Afghanistan – Between Hope and Fear, captures not only the tragedy of a country ravaged by war: it also shows the joy. 

August 17, 2016

Marketing and Events Internship: Autumn-Winter 2016

The Frontline Club is seeking an enthusiastic and ambitious intern to join our team from September through December 2016 to support marketing and administration of the events programme. This position will be based in our Paddington, London office three days per week with a flexible schedule. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to attend […]

July 19, 2016

The Hard Stop: portraying the people behind the London riots

Words and pictures by Heenali Patel One summer morning in 2011, London’s Metropolitan Police pulled over Mark Duggan– a young, black, British man– and shot him dead. His killing sparked what became known as the Tottenham riots, and set off a chain reaction of arson and looting across the country. Images of burning buildings and […]

June 29, 2016

In Focus: The Divide

The Frontline Club’s Documentary Programmer Julianne Rooney and director Katharine Round analyse a scene in The Divide, her documentary about rising global inequality.

June 17, 2016

City 40: film lifts veil on secretive nuclear town

On Tuesday 14 June, a packed-out Frontline Club hosted a screening of the acclaimed documentary City 40 followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Samira Goetschel and Guardian journalist Luke Harding.

May 24, 2016

Holy Lands: Sectarianism in the Middle East

On Thursday 19 May, the Frontline Club hosted a panel on sectarianism in the Middle East, the formation of secular nation-states and the roots of the conflicts of today.

May 23, 2016

He Named Me Malala: Education and the Refugee Crisis

“We learn so much from Malala, she tells us that we have a voice in the West but we take it for granted”, Guwali Passarlay.

May 17, 2016

“Times are Changing” But Little has Changed for Ordinary Cubans

Whilst institutional changes in Cuban foreign relations make headlines in global media, the daily-lives of ordinary people on the island are yet to see huge improvements.

May 13, 2016

Whistleblowers and Bounty Hunters: Combating Corruption and Organised Crime

“They used to describe Tsarist Russia as monarchy moderated by assassination but now it seems to be total secrecy moderated by insane leaks.”

May 5, 2016

Europe’s Refugee Crisis – The New Odyssey

“I felt like [the whole of] Syria was on a dinghy. And we were not welcome.” – Hassan Akkad Heated discussion on the issue of Europe’s crisis in handling the arrival of refugees took place at the Frontline Club on Wednesday 4 May.

April 29, 2016

The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism

From the rise of anti-Western paranoia and imperialist rhetoric to the intervention in Syria and the annexation of Crimea, a distinct theory of Russian national identity based on ethnicity and geography, Eurasianism, has moved from the fringes of political discourse to become official state policy.

April 28, 2016

The Dark Links with Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

When Andrew Mitchell began his career as a young zoologist in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park some decades ago, he and his colleagues spent their days radio-tracking the movements of the black rhinoceros. At that point there were believed to be roughly 16,000 rhinos roaming around the park. Today, owing to widespread poaching, there are just 67.

April 27, 2016

Visionary Awards: Remembering Tim Hetherington

The Frontline Club played host to the Tim Hetherington Trust on 19 April 2015 for an evening that honoured Tim’s memory and discussed his legacy through the work of artists and journalists whose work reflects his innovative approach to visual media.

April 13, 2016

Zaina Erhaim on Syria’s Rebellious Women

Living and working in Aleppo, Erhaim captured the everyday difficulties – the maddening and the mundane – of surviving in a warzone. Shooting the films over the course of 18 months, Syria’s Rebellious Women documents the extraordinary lives of the citizen journalists who bear witness to the horrors taking place in their homeland.

April 13, 2016

Framing the Future of Water

The future of water is uncertain. More than 650 million of the world’s poorest people are living without access to an ‘improved’ source of drinking water, according to a WaterAid briefing. 

April 8, 2016

An Evening with Molly Crabapple: Drawing Blood

We live in an age of frenetic journalism. When the internet can deliver any snapshot of the world to us at the press of a button, it is easy to forget that there are some places the camera cannot go. 

April 6, 2016

This is Exile: Stories of Syrian Refugee Children

The civil war in Syria is never far from our front pages and minds, particularly with the continual images and stories of refugees dominating the media and political agenda. It is a story we all think we are familiar with. 

April 6, 2016

The Picture Editor’s View: A Conversation with the Evening Standard’s David Ofield

The Frontline Club played host to the first in a series of discussions on the craft of picture editing, organised in partnership with Photo London, on Tuesday 5 April.

April 1, 2016

Fixing Nigeria’s Broken Economy

“Only God can fix Nigeria.” – proverb Chairing a debate organised in collaboration with the Royal African Society, broadcaster Funmi Iyanda began by asking what could be done to combat the perfect storm of plummeting oil prices, a widening budget deficit, plunging growth rate, and dwindling foreign currency reserves currently threatening Nigeria.

April 1, 2016

What we do

We live in a time when innovation and experimentation in news coexist with a decline in revenue. Some publishers and broadcasters are struggling to find revenue streams; other media startups are emerging; and technology companies like Google and Facebook are assuming the role publishers once exclusively held. Amidst all this disruption, a career in journalism increasingly […]

March 31, 2016

After Brussels: Brexit and the Future of Europe

The Frontline Club played host to a heated and at times fractious debate on Brexit and the future of Europe on Thursday 24 March 2016.

March 30, 2016

If Truth Be Told: a rebuttal to The Spectator

On 23 March 2016, The Spectator published a hatchet job on the Frontline Club. You can read it here. This is the rebuttal that I wrote in response to Toby Young’s offer to publish one. Toby’s edit of my piece changed its meaning so much that I declined to have it published in The Spectator.

March 29, 2016

In Photos: The Future of Europe

Photographer Tolly Robinson captured last week’s panel discussion on the EU. From the aftermath of the Brussels attacks to June’s impending Brexit vote, the event chaired by journalist Gavin Hewett debated the future of Britain and Europe.