The Forum Blog

October 9, 2014

The NFB’s hunt for the holy grail of interactive storytelling

By Graham Lanktree Interactive reports that hold short-attention spans online are the holy grail for web editors. Loc Dao, an executive producer and creative technologist at the National Film Board of Canada’s digital studio, has come up with a few recipes for success. At the Frontline Club on Wednesday 8 October, Dao shared the lessons learned […]


October 6, 2014

Still the enemy within after 30 years

By Graham Lanktree When Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced on 6 March 1984 that she would close 20 coal mines, there was little clue it would spark the country’s longest strike and leave Britain’s trade unions sorely diminished decades later. For a year roughly 160,000 coal miners from across the UK walked off the job as […]


October 6, 2014

Ebola: Tearing a hole in West Africa

By Mackenzie Weinger On Wednesday 1 October, several experts told a crowd at the Frontline Club about the unprecedented and horrific impact that the Ebola epidemic is having in West Africa. The panel — moderated by Ade Daramy, chair and spokesperson for the UK Sierra Leone Ebola Task Force — tackled the international community’s response to […]


September 30, 2014

1971: The year they took the truth

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 […]


September 26, 2014

ISIS is here for a generation

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.


September 25, 2014

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

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 […]


September 24, 2014

In The Shadow Of War: The long-term reality

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 […]


September 22, 2014

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

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 […]


September 17, 2014

Night Will Fall: “Bearing witness to atrocity”

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 […]


September 17, 2014

Part of the Club? Journalism Today

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. Bringing out the big guns @amolrajan @AlexGAMiller @emmatimes2 #ftf Ian […]


September 11, 2014

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

By Alex Glynn 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 […]


August 28, 2014

Digital boy in an analogue world

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, […]


August 14, 2014

Architectural Violence: A closer look at the West Bank

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 […]


August 11, 2014

Animals caught in a stalemate

By Lisa Dupuy Rabbit a La Berlin, a film by Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosołowski which will be screened on Wednesday 20 August, examines the plights of a colony of rabbits which lived between the two barriers of the Berlin Wall. Enclosed in this space, the animals lived undisturbed lives – until the Wall was […]


August 1, 2014

Tiananmen revisited: A collective amnesia

By Alex Glynn Although they took place 25 years ago, the horrific events that occurred in Tiananmen Square still remain a contentious subject in China and a point of obsession around the world. On Tuesday 29 July, a panel of experts at the Frontline Club revisited one of China’s most contested historical events, and considered questions of legacy, impact […]


July 29, 2014

“Zero Accountability and Massive Power”

By Ratha Lehall On Monday 28 July, the Frontline Club hosted the preview screening of One Rogue Reporter, which was followed by a Q&A with director Rich Peppiatt, chaired by professor of television journalism at City University, Stewart Purvis. Peppiatt was a tabloid journalist with the Daily Star, who publicly resigned in 2011. His resignation […]


July 25, 2014

Erdogan lined up for victory in presidential polls

By Richard Nield Turkey’s prime minister Racep Tayyip Erdogan will win next month’s presidential elections and become the country’s first directly elected president, according to a panel of experts assembled at the Frontline Club on 22 July 2014. The Frontline Club event was chaired by Murat Nisancioglu, the head of Turkish Service at BBC Global […]


July 15, 2014

Seeds of Hope: Sanctuary and recovery in the DRC

By Ratha Lehall On Monday 14 July, the Frontline Club hosted a screening of Seeds of Hope, a documentary which focuses on the effect of rape in Eastern Congo, where it has become a widely used weapon of war. The film centres around one woman, Masika, who is herself a victim of rape, and her determination to provide a […]


July 14, 2014

Cruel Journeys: Shorts on Migration

By George Symonds “Where can I go to have a decent life?” On Friday 11 June, Shorts at the Frontline Club took viewers on a cinematic journey that showcased the different ways used to document the world we live in. The theme: migration and the phases of migration. Two at the Border by Tuna Kaptan and Felicitas […]


July 8, 2014

The Heroic Tragedy: Who is Dayani Cristal?

By George Symonds “The Journey towards you Lord, is life. To set off is to die a little.” (The Migrants’ Prayer) On Monday 7 July 2014, the Frontline Club screened Who is Dayani Cristal? The film follows actor Gael García Bernal as he retraced the footsteps of a Honduran man found dead in the Arizonan […]


July 8, 2014

Tracing Migration

By Lisa Dupuy Where there are borders, attempts will likely be made to cross them in the hope of reaching greener pastures. But the individuals who try are not necessarily welcomed by those who live on the other side. Fences, walls and legislation are thrown up to at least regulate the influx of migrants. And in some cases, borders are […]


July 1, 2014

Fifty Years of The New York Review of Books and its Arguments

By Antonia Roupell On Thursday 26 June an audience collected at the Frontline Club to watch Martin Scorsese and his longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi’s latest film: The 50 Year Argument. This multi-layered documentary offered a unique historical retrospective over the last 50 years through the eyes of the iconic New York Review of Books. […]


June 30, 2014

Ground Zero at the Frontline Club

By Richard Nield A compelling Frontline Club event on Wednesday 25 June showcased film and photographic work from across the globe that revealed both the depth of suffering and the strength of human spirit in some of the world’s most devastating internal conflicts. Featured at the event was a series of photographs from Tim Freccia in […]


June 26, 2014

Iraq on the Brink

By Elliott Goat “This started before Maliki and will go on long after Maliki.” – Hayder al-Khoei


June 20, 2014

Ukraine: a new challenge

By Sally Ashley-Cound On Wednesday 18 June at the Frontline Club, Bridget Kendall, diplomatic correspondent for BBC News, chaired a heated panel discussion on the current situation in Ukraine and the role of local and Russian media in the region.


June 19, 2014

Protecting whistleblowers: “The people always have a right to know”

By Allendria Brunjes A six-person panel, experienced with an array of whistleblowing cases, came together at the Frontline Club on Tuesday 17 June for the Amnesty International event, Protecting Whistleblowers. Speaking to a sold out room, the panel – which included lawyers, a journalist and a whistleblower – discussed issues of truth, access to information […]


June 17, 2014

“If I didn’t get an agreement, I failed.”

By Tom Adams On Monday 16 June, the Frontline club hosted director Karen Stokkendal Poulsen and veteran European diplomat Robert Cooper for the screening of Poulsen’s new film, The Agreement.


June 16, 2014

Return to Homs and the journey of two friends from pacifist protestors to rebel insurgents

By Sally Ashley-Cound Return to Homs follows two close friends and young revolutionaries as their beloved city is taken over by the army. Basset is a local football star, the goalkeeper for the Syrian national team who also became an iconic singer in the revolution, and Ossama is a media activist and pacifist. The intimate portrait shows how […]


June 12, 2014

Tough road ahead for Egypt

By Richard Nield In the aftermath of victory for Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in recent presidential elections, Egypt’s government faces a huge challenge to unite a fragmented society behind difficult economic reforms, agreed a panel of experts speaking at the Frontline Club on 10 June 2014, chaired by Rasha Qandeel, presenter and journalist at BBC Arabic.


June 10, 2014

Fault Lines in Unknowable Spaces: Boko Haram and the hunt for Nigeria’s missing schoolgirls

By Elliott Goat The Frontline Club’s First Wednesdays kicked off a discussion on the news story that has dominated all others over the past month: Boko Haram and the hunt for Nigeria’s missing schoolgirls. Channel 4 News’ foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller, chairing the evening’s discussion, began by asking who are Boko Haram? What are their ultimate objectives? How […]