Past Events and Screenings
Days after its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, The Frontline Club, Doc Society and BBC Storyville invite you to a special screening of this controversial investigation by Danish filmmaker Mads Brügger. Followed by a discussion with the film’s lead investigator and producer Andreas Rocksén.
Shot in stark monochrome, Julien Elie‘s epic documentary Dark Suns chronicles stories of some of the many thousands of women, journalists, students, and activists who have disappeared in Mexico since the 1990s, and the insidious culture of cartel violence and state corruption behind them.
There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world’s oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation. Drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, investigative journalist Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world.
Featuring frank and detailed interviews with military generals, journalists and Aung San Suu Kyi, this absorbing documentary from Karen Stokkendal Poulsen tells the story of how the global democracy icon and military rulers ended up forming an alliance in Myanmar’s corridors of power after 50 years of brutal dictatorship – and the tragic consequences that followed.
With tensions rising sharply between Iran and the west following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal, we welcome Jack Straw to the Frontline Club for a timely discussion with journalist and author Ramita Navai about British-Iranian relations, his view of Iran’s internal politics and the culture, psychology and history of a much-misunderstood nation.
In June and July 2018, a widely publicised cave rescue successfully extricated 12 members of a junior football team and their coach trapped for 17 days in Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Northern Thailand. Over twelve months on, professional diver Jim Warny, who was part of the international team who played a leading role in the dramatic rescue, talks to The Explorers Club to reveal how it was achieved.
With the UN declaring a Dramatic Climate Emergency and climate coverage moving up the mainstream news agenda, are editors now acknowledging the need for more urgent, widespread coverage of the climate crisis or is it just 2019’s hot topic? Journalist and broadcaster Lucy Siegle brings together leading editors, journalists and influencers to ask if this is the beginning of a bold new commitment to the climate crisis?
Last month, at the Edinburgh Television Festival, Dorothy Byrne, Channel 4’s highly respected Head of News and Current Affairs, delivered a funny, brutal and hard-hitting MacTaggart lecture that has been described as a clarion call for broadcast journalism to step up to the plate at a time when national and international democracy is being undermined. Join Dorothy Byrne and Jodie Ginsberg in conversation in what promises to be a hard-hitting, honest and illuminating discussion.
Join us for a special preview screening of feature documentary Meeting Gorbachev by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog and Emmy Award winning Director, André Singer ahead of its UK release in October.
Ivor Prickett’s book End of the Caliphate is the result of months spent on the ground in Iraq and Syria between 2016 and 2018 photographing the battle to defeat ISIS. Working exclusively for the New York Times, Ivor was often embedded with Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish forces as he documented both the fighting and its toll on the civilian population and urban landscape.
Join us in Pippingford Park, East Sussex at the world’s first festival for independent journalism and freedom of speech – to debate, discuss, dance, laugh, and change the world. Frontline will be running a specially curated series of talks and documentary screenings exploring this year’s key festival themes: Defending Democracy and The Power of Journalism.
Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, award-winning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold joins us to talk about her 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, which explores the devastating effects of fracking on a small town in Pennsylvania through the eyes of one of its residents.
The Messenger, written by former investigative reporter Shiv Malik, tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a repentant jihadist and an idealistic journalist.
Join us for a special Director’s Screening of award-winning filmmaker Olly Lambert’s latest, highly acclaimed documentary One Day In Gaza, followed by Olly in conversation with Gabriel Gatehouse, BBC Newsnight’s International Editor. Over the last 20 years, Olly has created a body of work that often combines journalistic rigour with powerful documentary storytelling, making films that […]
In collaboration with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, we welcome back BBC Africa Editor Mary Harper alongside reporters Ismail Einashe, Idil Osman and Julianna Ruhfus to discuss the long-term effects of reporting from Somalia on the long-running al-Shabaab insurgency, and the challenges for the resilient community of local journalists who continue to report.
In the aftermath of India’s general elections earlier this summer, we invite journalist and commentator Kapil Komireddi to join us and discuss his anticipated new book, Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India.
On the eve of the UK’s first Media Freedom Conference in London, this event examines new and current threats facing journalists – both online and offline – and explores potential solutions for protecting reporters’ lives and the freedom of information.
On 13th June 2019, UK Home secretary Sajid Javid signed a request for Julian Assange to be extradited to the USA and he now faces a full extradition hearing in February next year. If granted, the Wikileaks founder could face 18 indictment charges in the US, including those under the Espionage Act. How does the journalism community now view the founder of Wikileaks?
For members who covered the Kosovo conflict or spent time there, please join us for drinks to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of the war.
Christiane Amanpour, Wael al-Omar, Paul Conroy, Anthony Loyd and Ramita Navai invite you to the annual fundraising dinner for the Frontline Fund.
The evening will begin with a drinks reception in the Clubroom from 7pm, followed by a sit down dinner.
The Frontline Fund , also affectionately known as the ‘Fixers Fund’ and set up in 2007, aims to raise money for the families of the brave media workers killed or injured in conflict zones, while working with international press.