Documentary

Friday 16 January 2015, 7:00PM

Shorts at the Frontline Club

Join us for an evening of short documentaries, from different parts of the world, covering a wide range of topics. Shorts at the Frontline Club showcases moving, striking and funny films, exploring the many different faces of documentary filmmaking. The evening will include short stories capturing the essence of big issues, films showing life in other parts of the world under difficult or extraordinary circumstances, and stories focusing on one particular remarkable event or person.


Thursday 27 November 2014, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: The Billion Pound Base – Dismantling Camp Bastion + Q&A

For eight years Camp Bastion was the power-house of the British Army’s military operations in Afghanistan. Britain’s biggest overseas base since World War Two has now closed down for good. A town the size of Reading with a massive infrastructure – airport, hospital, fast food restaurants – is dismantled bolt by bolt and sent back to the UK. Channel 4 was given exclusive access to the men and women whose job it was to pack up this giant jigsaw puzzle. This Channel 4 preview screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Richard Parry, producer Leslie Knott and executive producer Mike Lerner. Chaired by Siobhan Sinnerton, commissioning editor at Channel 4.


November 6, 2014

The End of the Wall: 25 Years After the Fall

By Graham Lanktree The young Harvard-educated economist Miklós Németh didn’t dream he would play a decisive role in the fall of the Berlin Wall when he was appointed Prime Minister by Hungary’s Communist Party to fix the nation’s finances in late 1988. Only a year later he was at the centre of it all. On […]


Monday 10 November 2014, 7:00 PM

Africa Investigates Al Jazeera Preview: Liberia – Living with Ebola + Q&A

Bringing an African perspective to the devastating spread of the virus, award-winning reporter Sorious Samura tells the inside story of the Ebola outbreak from the worst hit country – Liberia. He also reveals the heroic effort being made by teams on the front line and the deep anger and mistrust held by Liberians towards their government in this time of crisis. This timely and challenging film offers an inside view of a country living with Ebola. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Clive Patterson & Emmy- and BAFTA-winning reporter Sorious Samura. Moderated by Tom Clarke, science editor for Channel 4 News.


Monday 24 November 2014. 7:00 PM

Screening: Manhunt + Q&A

For 20 years, a small team of female agents known as “The Sisterhood” tracked the activities of al-Qaeda. Piecing together intelligence, they uncovered this secret terrorist organisation, and warned Washington of this new impending threat. Their warnings were repeatedly ignored, until the 9/11 attacks, when all the rules changed. Manhunt gives a peek into the hidden world of the US intelligence community. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Greg Barker.


Wednesday 29 October 2014, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: CITIZENFOUR

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post­-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e­mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four”, who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programmes run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. He turned out to be Edward Snowden. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely unique in the history of cinema: a 100% real-­life thriller unfolding minute-by-minute before our eyes.


Friday 21 November 2014, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: Concerning Violence + Q&A

Based on Frantz Fanon’s landmark 1961 book, The Wretched of the Earth, Concerning Violence explores the mechanisms of decolonisation. It is a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, told through newly discovered archive material of the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late ‘60s and ‘70s. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Göran Hugo Olsson.


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 […]


Monday 17 November 2014, 7:00 PM

Dirty Truths: Exploring “messy cinema” with the True/False Film Fest

Every year, the True/False Film Festival explores films that cross borders, break the existing rules and push the form forward. This so-called “messy cinema” experiments with re-enactments, highlights complicated filmmaker/protagonist relationships and challenges assumptions about ‘truth’. Join festival co-founder David Wilson, and past True/False filmmakers Sarah Gavron, Kevin Macdonald and Beadie Finzi, as we will thrust our hands in the muck and get a little dirty as we debate the complexities of nonfiction and imagine a messier future.


Wednesday 5 November 2014, 7:00 PM

First Wednesday Screening: 1989

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Frontline Club is pleased to be part of a pan-European simultaneous screening of the new documentary 1989 by award-winning director Anders Østergaard. The creative documentary 1989 is a high-politics drama about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Iron Curtain. Østergaard recreates the events of 1989 and invites the audience into the secret meeting rooms through a mixture of testimonials, archive material, recreation and reconstructed dialogues of the key political players.


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 […]


Wednesday 8 October 2014, 7:00 PM

Interactive Storytelling – The Medium and the Message

Technological developments have influenced the way stories are crafted. Today, with opportunities offered by new media, stories can be told in a non-linear fashion through different platforms, or made interactive. Do these new technologies truly revolutionise the way we document the world, or merely change the relationship between the maker and the viewer? Award-winning executive producer and creative technologist of the NFB Digital Studio Loc Dao, will explore the possibilities these developments offer through some of NFB’s most innovative projects.


Friday 17 October 2014, 7:00 PM

Screening: The Term + Q&A

The Term tells the unique inside story of the Russian opposition movement as Vladimir Putin settles into the Kremlin for his third term, through exclusive access to anti-corruption blogger Aleksei Navalny and other key opposition figures, including Putin’s god-daughter, Ksenia Sobchak, and Solidarnost leader, Ilya Yashin. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with with producer Max Tuula via Skype.


Friday 7 November 2014, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: Attacking the Devil + Q&A

For 14 years, Sir Harold Evans was editor of The Sunday Times. Attacking the Devil focuses on his investigation into the drug thalidomide and how he defied the Attorney General and the political establishment to expose the story. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with co-directors Jacqui Morris and David Morris.


Friday 31 October 2014, 7:00 PM

Shorts at the Frontline Club

Join us for an evening of short documentaries, from different parts of the world, covering a wide range of topics. Shorts at the Frontline Club showcases moving, striking and funny films, exploring the many different faces of documentary filmmaking.


Monday 13 October 2014, 7:00 PM

Screening: Mass E Bhat + Q&A

Among the world’s poorest countries, Bangladesh is also rapidly developing. Across the country, 7.9 million children work every day to support themselves and their families, forced to grow up at an incredibly early age. Mass E Bhat is a portrait of a developing nation through the eyes of its children. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Hannan Majid and Richard York.


Friday 3 October 2014, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: Still the Enemy Within + Q&A

In 1984, a Conservative government under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declared war on Britain’s unions, including the National Union of Mineworkers. Still the Enemy Within is a unique insight into the 1984–85 British Miners’ Strike, told through unique archive footage and the raw first-hand experiences of those who lived through Britain’s longest strike. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Owen Gower and producer Mark Lacey.


Tuesday 23 September 2014, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: I am Chut Wutty + Q&A

In one of the last remaining wildernesses in South East Asia, Cambodian communities struggle to defend their forests. Rubber companies illegally cut down resin trees that the local population depends on, arguing the rubber industry is good for the area, providing jobs and development. In April 2012, environmentalist Chut Wutty was stopped and shot dead at an illegal, military-controlled site in the Cardamom mountains. I am Chut Wutty exposes the fierce battle against illegal logging. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Fran Lambrick, Josie Cohen from Global Witness and Cambodian campaigner Kim Sen.


Tuesday 16 September 2014, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: Night Will Fall + Q&A

In 1945, a team of top filmmakers came together to make a documentary about the horrific findings in the concentration camps. This film would provide lasting, undeniable evidence of the Nazis’ unspeakable crimes. Despite initial support from the British and US governments, the film was never finished. Night Will Fall chronicles the untold story of the film’s history. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director André Singer and producer Sally Angel.


Monday 29 September 2014, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: 1971 + Q&A

On 8 March 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. The members of the self-proclaimed Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI picked the lock on the door, took every file in the office, loaded them into suitcases and walked out the front door. Mailed anonymously, these documents started to show up in newsrooms, unleashing fierce debates on whether or not to publish them. Despite demands by the Nixon administration to suppress the story, The Washington Post went to press, uncovering the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. This screening will be followed by a Q&A via Skype with director Johanna Hamilton.


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 […]


Friday 19 September 2014, 7:00 PM

Screening: The Process + Q&A

The Process gives a snapshot of contemporary life inside the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, revealing what the politics mean for those who are waiting for peace. It is a tale from the ground, of life governed from above. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Joshua Baker.


Monday 22 September 2014, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: In the Shadow of War + Q&A

Almost 20 years ago, the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina came to an end. Children born after the fighting stopped are entering adulthood today, but are still facing violence, abuse and abandonment. Through the stories of four remarkable young people, filmmakers Sophia Scott and Georgia Scott capture the hopes and dreams of this new generation, forced to live with the ongoing effects of the war. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the co-directors.


Friday 5 September 2014, 7:00 PM

Shorts at the Frontline Club

Join us for an evening of short documentaries, from different parts of the world, covering a wide range of topics. Shorts at the Frontline Club showcases moving, striking and funny films, exploring the many different faces of documentary filmmaking.


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 […]


Monday 28 July 2014, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: One Rogue Reporter + Q&A

Since Rich Peppiatt’s hilariously withering resignation letter to Daily Star proprietor, Richard Desmond, became a viral sensation in 2011, his brutal honesty has made him a regular tabloid commentator on TV and radio. In One Rogue Reporter, he lampoons the hypocrisy and dishonesty of his former employers through a series of mischievous stunts and interviews with heavyweights from the worlds of journalism, film, comedy and politics. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Rich Peppiatt. Chaired by Stewart Purvis, professor of television journalism at City University. He is a former editor-in-chief and CEO of ITN, Ofcom’s Partner for Content and Standards, and author of When Reporters Cross The Line: The Heroes, the Villains, the Hackers and the Spies.


Wednesday 27 August 2014, 7:30 PM

Summer Screening: The Internet’s Own Boy – The Story of Aaron Swartz

As a teenager, programming prodigy Aaron Swartz took the Internet community by storm. His intellect and understanding matched its most seasoned members. Today, his fingerprints are all over the Internet, from his help in the development of the basic Internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit. But Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice combined with his aggressive approach to information access ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare, with fatal consequences.


Wednesday 30 July 2014, 7:30 PM

Summer Screening: Pipeline

The 4,500-kilometer (2,800-mile) Urengoy–Pomary–Uzhgorod gas pipeline connects the second-largest gas field in the world in Urengoy, West Siberia, with the Western European market. It has become one of the most vital arteries of the Russian economy, with Vladimir Putin claiming that its gas and oil revenues account for half of Russia’s disposable capital. For 104 days, renowned director Vitaly Mansky followed the course of this Trans-Siberian gas pipeline through seven different countries. Pipeline is a visually refined road movie offering an unsettling portrait of the legendary Trans-Siberian gas pipeline, on which much of Europe is still reliant.


Wednesday 20 August 2014, 7:30 PM

Summer Screening: Rabbit à la Berlin, EXIT & Oxygen

Three short films explore life on the other side of the Iron Curtain, before the fall of the Berlin Wall:

Academy Award-nominated documentary Rabbit à la Berlin uses the Berlin Wall rabbit population as a metaphor for the huge transition post-communist societies underwent.

Through exceptional and rare footage shot between 10 and 20 October 1989, EXIT shows East German refugees who managed to cross the Polish border in order to reach the West German embassy in Warsaw. They talk openly about life in East Germany, not knowing the world is about to change.

During the communist dictatorship in Romania (1945-1989), thousands of people risked their lives attempting to flee their country, often inventing the most incredible methods to cross the border illegally. Oxygen is a free re-enactment of a real case.