Past Events and Screenings
Journalists On Assange
Leading journalists gather at The Frontline Club to discuss what the implications of the upcoming Assange extradition trial are for both press freedom and freedom of speech.
Akhmed Zakaev – In Conversation with Luke Harding
Join Akhmed Zakaev, dissident and Prime Minister of the Chechen Republic’s government in exile, in conversation with Luke Harding, Foreign Correspondent at The Guardian, on the subject of Zakaev’s recent book, Subjugate or Exterminate!: A Memoir of Russia’s Wars in Chechnya.
‘The Accused: Damned or Devoted’ + Discussion
The Frontline Club hosts this special advanced screening of this new documentary from BBC Storyville, which follows the rise of powerful cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who is on a mission to preserve Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, against a backdrop of elections. Followed by discussion with director Mohammed Ali Naqvi, exec producer Fiona Stourton, and Dr Farzana Shaikh, Associate Fellow at Chatham House and a specialist on Pakistan. CBS News Foreign Correspondent Imtiaz Tyab will moderate.
From award-winning filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles, Generation Wealth) and producer Frank Evers comes The Kingmaker, centred on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos. With intimate access to the Marcos family, witness their improbable return to power in the Philippines.
Vincent Cochetel: The Refugee Crisis in 2020
Join Vincent Cochetel, Special Envoy of the UNHCR for the Central Mediterranean situation, in conversation with Tom MacLeod, of Sky News and BBC World Service, where he will be discussing the latest issues impacting the refugee crisis, as well as recounting his own experience of being held hostage for 317 days.
Free Conference: Conflict Reporting in the 21st Century
Please join this FREE 1-day symposium at Birkbeck University supported by Frontline Club in association with Action on Armed Violence and Birkbeck bringing together leading conflict reporters, photo-journalists, film makers and investigators to discuss the main challenges and issues facing contemporary reporting on armed violence.
XY Chelsea tells the historic story of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, whose 35-year sentence in an all-male maximum security prison was commuted by President Obama in 2017. The film follows Chelsea Manning as she leaves prison after seven years inside, and begins a new life, whilst at the same time having to deal with the far-reaching consequences of her past.
Pills, Powder and Smoke
Best-selling author and journalist Antony Loewenstein will be at Frontline to discuss Pills, Powder, and Smoke, his in-depth investigation of the individuals, officials, activists, victims, DEA agents, and traffickers caught up in this deadly war. Travelling through the UK, the US, Australia, Honduras, the Philippines, and Guinea-Bissau, he uncovers the secrets of the drug war, why it’s so hard to end, and who is really profiting from it. Chaired by BBC Newsnight’s International Editor, Gabriel Gatehouse.
Legal, Systemic and Reputational Implications of the Assange Case
In association with Humanade, The Frontline Club host this special daytime event on the Julian Assange case, which aims to leave the mudslinging and finger-pointing behind, and provide a forum for a fresh look at the facts and a sober discussion on the generic legal, policy and reputational implications of this case.
Windrush: The Scandal Isn’t Over
Guardian journalist Amelia Gentleman joins historian and social justice campaigner Patrick Vernon OBE at the Frontline Club to discuss the still-ongoing Windrush scandal – from its causes, to its continuing human consequences, and its wider societal implications.
Premiere of ‘Teranga’ + Q&A
Teranga is a 35-minute observational short-documentary about youth, music and conquering collective trauma. Filmed in Naples over two years, this film follows the lives of migrants as they wait in limbo for a response to their asylum request in corrupt migrant camps and how they find solace in Teranga, an Afrobeats migrant-run nightclub.
Under Every Yard of Sky
American photographer Sebastian Meyer followed the Kurds from 2008 to 2017 as they rose, phoenix-like, from their bloody past to hover for a moment in a state of peace, before being plunged back into war. Over those ten years, Meyer’s life became intertwined with that rise and fall. His own story of friendship and loss is reflected in his photographs and writing which take the reader deep inside Kurdistan. Chaired by Lindsey Hilsum
Sea of Shadows
Richard Ladkani’s riveting documentary ventures into the front line of efforts to save the planet’s most endangered sea mammal. When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish – the “cocaine of the sea” – in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten to destroy virtually all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on earth, the vaquita porpoise.
The Killing in the Consulate
After Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was filmed going in to the Saudi consulate in Turkey, he was never seen alive again. What happened next turned into a major international scandal, pieced together by Channel 4’s Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman. He talks at the Frontline Club to Ian Black.
Keeler, Profumo, Ward and Me + Q&A
Audiotape interviews with Christine Keeler and her friend Mandy Rice-Davies, that have remained secret for more than 35 years, will be broadcast for the first time in BBC Two’s “Keeler, Profumo, Ward and Me.”
Presented by former Panorama journalist Tom Mangold, who covered the story while he was a reporter on Fleet Street, this film contains an inside account of the last hours of Dr Stephen Ward, the osteopath and portrait artist who introduced Christine Keeler to John Profumo.
Kleptoscope 2020: How to solve Britain’s Russia problem?
One of the murkiest mysteries of December’s general election campaign was the contents of the report on Russian interference in British democracy that Boris Johnson decided to suppress. Speculation was rife about its contents and, right now, we still don’t know what they were. So what is Britain’s Russia problem? And how do we solve it? Kleptoscope returns to discuss these important questions, which will be at the top of the in-tray for our government through Brexit and beyond.
From Director Richard Parry (‘Shooting Robert King’, ‘BASE’) this newly-released feature documentary tells the story of a father’s epic struggle to reach his son in the UK. Kais, a 30-year old Tunisian arrives in France’s notorious Calais Jungle with nothing more than the shirt on his back. Over sixteen months, the film charts his mounting […]
Frontline Club January Freelancer Networking
We welcome and call on Freelancers to join us in January 2020 with a networking session in the Frontline Club.
Tickets are first come first serve and come with a complimentary glass of wine.
More details to follow.
The World in 2020: Hong Kong to Iran and Beyond
To mark the start of a new decade, Frontline brings together a panel of experts to discuss the future of Hong Kong, recent dramatic events involving Iran, the continuing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, and other unfolding stories around the world. What are the common threads which tie them together? Are we headed for more unrest in 2020 and the decade ahead?
Superbugs: Reframing a Global Health Emergency
Antibiotic resistance, known officially as antimicrobial resistance (AMR), is killing 700,000 people a year and is predicted to cost 10 million lives annually by 2050. By any metric, this is an international health crisis, albeit one that is taking place in slow-motion. Times journalist David Aaronovitch – whose life was saved by antibiotics after a routine operation went catastrophically wrong – talks to leading journalists and scientists to find out how we can shift the narrative around AMR in order to affect real change, rather than just more words.