Documentary

PICTUREHOUSE: Wednesday 4th December, 6.30pm CURZON: Thursday 5th December, 6.20pm

The Cave + Q&A @ Picturehouse Central or Curzon Soho

Ahead of its UK release, Frontline Club members and supporters are invited to a special preview screening + Q&A of Feras Fayyad’s powerful new documentary, The Cave, which tells the harrowing true story of an underground Syrian hospital and its extraordinary staff.


Tuesday 26th November 2019, 7PM

The Silence of Others + Q&A

Filmed over six years, The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a “pact of forgetting” around the crimes they suffered. A cautionary tale about fascism and the dangers of forgetting the past.


Monday 25th November, 7:00PM

Shooting the Mafia + Q&A

Join us for a special preview screening of Kim Longinotto’s latest feature documentary SHOOTING THE MAFIA about Sicilian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia ahead of its UK release. Followed by Kim in conversation.


Friday 15th November, 5:30PM to 8:00PM

Oleg Sentsov in Conversation with Natalia Koliada & David Lan

HOSTED BY PEN INTERNATIONAL. In this exclusive event, join acclaimed Ukrainian film-maker and writer Oleg Sentsov in conversation with Natalia Koliada & David Lan, followed by a screening of acclaimed documentary “The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov”. 


Thursday 31st October at 7:00PM

Brexit – Behind Closed Doors

On the day Boris Johnson promised Britain would leave the EU, we screen the gripping, untold (and occasionally jaw-dropping) story of Brexit negotiations from the other side. For two years, Belgian film-maker Lode Desmet had exclusive access to the Brexit co-ordinator of the European parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, and his close-knit team. His two-part fly-on-the-wall film captures the off-the-record conversations and arguments as they devise their strategy for dealing with the British.


Monday 21st October: 7:00PM

FOR SAMA + Q&A

Join us for a special screening of acclaimed feature documentary FOR SAMA with filmmakers Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts. An intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war, FOR SAMA is told as a love letter from a young Syrian mother to her daughter. It tells the story of filmmaker Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to her daughter Sama while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.


Wednesday 2nd October: 7PM

Iraq’s Secret Sex Trade + Q&A

Join us for a special preview screening of new BBC investigation “Undercover with the clerics: Iraq’s Secret Sex Trade” ahead of its broadcast. Followed by a discussion/Q&A with the film’s production team.


Tuesday 10th September, 7:00PM

Meeting Gorbachev

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.


Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August

Byline Festival with Frontline Club 2019

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.


Wednesday 7th November 2018, 7PM

Invisible Battalion + Q&A

Invisible Battalion tells the story of six Ukrainian servicewomen, the film protagonists are different by their life experience, age, military and civil professions, but all of them united by war.


Wednesday 12th September 2018, 7:00 PM

Abacus Small Enough To Jail

To mark the 10 year anniversary since the 2008 financial crash, we will be screening the film: Abacus Small Enough to Jail, a film about the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the crisis.


Monday 3rd September 2018, 7:00 PM

White Right: Meeting the Enemy

BAFTA Nominated Deeyah Khan sits face-to-face with fascists, racists and the proponents of the “alt-right” to discover the men behind the masks.


Wednesday 29th August 2018, 7:00 PM

Who Was Daphne Caruana Galizia And Why Was She Murdered?

On October 2017 a car bomb killed the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galicia in Malta, extinguishing the free voice that for years, in solitude, we screen the first documentary that tells the story of Daphne, who killed her and why her killers are still in the shadows…


Wednesday 4th July 2018, 7:00 PM

Even When I Fall

An intimate, beautiful film that harnesses the visual power of circus to give a unique perspective into the complex world of human trafficking.


Thursday 21 June 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Masterclass: Sean Langan on Documentary Filmmaking

The BAFTA Nominee documentary filmmaker Sean Langan is joining us for an evening’s masterclass. He will be discussing his own process of filmmaking while sharing invaluable insights on how to best navigate between getting access, storytelling and getting your film out there. 


Thursday 3rd May 2018, 7:00 PM

Ukraine’s Frozen Conflict

In the frontline town of Marinka, a new bakery has opened which brings some comfort and sustenance to war-weary locals. The film follows the people who run the bakery and the customers, as they struggle to gain a sense of normality among the rumble of war.


Monday 23rd April 2018, 6:30 PM

The Frontline Club and Bertha Doc House Present: Intent to Destroy

Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger’s, Intent to Destroy interrogates and scrutinises the diplomatic pressure, Hollywood censorship and the legacy of Turkish suppression that have together conspired to bury the horror of the Armenian Genocide.


Monday 9th April 2018, 7:00 PM

Lynn Novick Q&A: The Vietnam War

Award-winning film maker Lynn Novick will be coming to the Frontline Club to discuss the critically acclaimed film The Vietnam War – Ken Burns & Lynn Novick. She will be showing clips from the series and discussing various aspects of the film.


Tuesday 20th February 2018, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

FREE EVENT: BBC Virtual Reality Screening – Damming the Nile

The Frontline Club will be hosting a series of screenings for the launch of the BBC’s first ever Virtual Reality documentary Damming the Nile


Tuesday 6th March 2018, 7:00 PM

Screening: Hondros

In HONDROS director and childhood friend Greg Campbell reveals a portrait of a man – Chris Hondros who found and explored humanity in war-torn countries with great depth and sensitivity. Hondros’ passion for his craft could only be matched by his unending talent for creating breathtaking imagery. 


Friday 9th February 2018, 7:00 PM

Stacey Dooley – Face to Face with ISIS

The Frontline Club will be screening a new BBC documentary,  Stacey Dooley – Face to Face with ISIS followed by a Q&A with Stacey and director Joshua Baker.


Thursday 11th January, 2018, 7:00 PM

Screening: Icarus + Q&A

Filmmaker Bryan Fogel sets out on a mission to learn about performance-enhancing drugs in sports. What he ends up discovering is far bigger than anyone could have even imagined.


Wednesday 17th January, 2018, 7:00 PM

Screening: The Ransom + Q&A

The Ransom dives into the secret system of Kidnap & Ransom, designed by major insurance companies in response to the 30,000 kidnappings committed every year around the world.


Monday November 27th, 2017, 07:00 PM

Athens Event – Screening: MOSUL + Q&A

The Frontline Club in partnership with the Foreign Press Association of Greece will be screening MOSUL, by Olivier Sarbil and James Jones followed by a Q&A with Olivier and James at the Romantso in Athens.


Friday 16 February 2018, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: Strategies for Using Sound in Documentaries

Fiction filmmakers acknowledge that at least half the meaning of a scene, and often more, comes from the soundtrack. But the documentary soundtrack is often ignored, left as a technical aspect of post-production or caught up in debates about the differences between different styles of documentary production – observational, single-shooter, personal essay, reality, current affairs, and so on. So clearly there is a feeling that sound for something that has its basis in real life events must be different than that for fiction filmmaking. So, how should the documentary filmmaker work with sound?


Friday 12 January 2018, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: Get Your Documentary Idea Commissioned, Funded & Made

This one day course is for anyone, from complete beginners to experienced producers, who have a documentary idea but don’t know how to move it forwards, develop it and get it made. During the day we break down the development process, working through what’s needed to create a compelling pitch, then a fully rounded proposal, a treatment, shooting schedule, budget and sizzle teaser.


Monday 10 April 2017, 7:00 PM

Screening: Letters from Baghdad + Q&A

Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original — Gertrude Bell — sometimes called the “female Lawrence of Arabia”. Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, the film tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer and political powerhouse. Bell traveled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence during WWI to help draw the borders of Iraq. This unforgettable documentary takes unique look at both a remarkable woman and the tangled history of Iraq, while transporting us into a past that is eerily current.


Wednesday 15 March 2017, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: India’s Ladycops + Q&A

For the first time, cameras go inside a police station run by and for women, revealing a unique perspective on what’s really going on in Indian society. This surprising documentary follows Parmila and her special team of scooter-mounted female officers who are focused on preventing the harassment of women.


Saturday 13 May 2017, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: Get Your Documentary Idea Commissioned, Funded & Made

Got a documentary idea but not sure how to: move it forwards, get some interest, get it funded, commissioned and broadcast? This one day course is for anyone, from complete beginners to experienced producers, who have a documentary idea but don’t know how to move it forwards, develop it and get it made. This workshop applies to online documentaries, broadcast TV documentaries and one-off theatrical release documentaries. During the day we break down the development process, working through what’s needed to create a compelling pitch, then a fully rounded proposal, a treatment, shooting schedule, budget and sizzle teaser.


Monday 16 January 2017, 7:00 PM

Al Jazeera Preview Screening: The Making and Breaking of Europe + Q&A

This special two-part series explores the interwoven history of the European project and the far right in postwar Europe – both East and West. Beginning with the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community from the ashes of World War II, we chart the trajectory of European integration, in tandem with the story of the European far right, recounting the series of shifts that have led to today’s critical juncture: a post-Brexit EU and a stark rise in support for far right parties across Europe.