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.
Suffering from Brexit burn-out? Fatigued by the pandemonium in parliament? Well, spare a thought for the foreign correspondents from EU member states doggedly covering the Brexit beat. With reporters from France, Germany, Italy and Ireland, Ian Dunt will be chairing a panel to leave this shores and look at the UK’s messy breakup with the European Union from beyond our borders
Whistleblower Chris Wylie is coming public to disclose the truth behind Cambridge Analytica, Brexit and the 2016 US Elections.
Join our panel of experts to discuss what will happen next for the region as the events unfold.
The documentary reveals the extraordinary scale of people smuggling across sub-saharan Africa – a multi billion pound industry described by some as a new “slave trade”.
As the EU desperately tries to cut the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, reporter Benjamin Zand (Winner of RTS young journalist of the year) and producer Joshua Baker (The Battle For Mosul) investigate how hundreds of millions of Euros of EU funding is being spent– and asks if EU efforts to tackle the smugglers could be leaving some migrants in an ever more dangerous limbo.
In the backdrop of Turkey’s April referendum, escalating tensions between Turkey and major European powers has signalled a new era of hostile relations. President Erdogan’s bid to radically remodel the parliamentary system in Turkey has led to opposition groups fearing the creation of one-man rule. The Turkish government, which has been carrying out brutal crackdowns on political dissenters following the failed coup last year, is now looking toward European countries as a stage to strengthen its agenda. Our panel will reflect on President Erdogan’s fraught relationship with the EU in the context of the country’s political future after the April referendum.
Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National, is expected to reach the final round in this year’s French presidential election. As centre-right candidate Francois Fillon battles a financial scandal, Le Pen could end up facing the liberal former banker, Emmanuel Macron – who is running his first ever election campaign. With the first round of voting approaching in April, we will be discussing the significance of this election for France and the EU, and exploring who could come out on top.
There are some things about Brexit that we simply can’t know. No amount of opinion pieces, panel discussions, or leaked memos will change that. As Iain Macwhirter, a political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, quipped, ‘We all know that Brexit means Brexit, but nobody knows what Brexit means!’ So, what does Brexit mean?
In the absence of legitimate methods of travelling to safer lands, smugglers enjoy a booming trade with a huge supply of refugees willing to pay to escape their home country. Elinor Raikes discussed the irony of a system that refuses entry actually increases risk: “you’re pushing people into these illegal, uncontrolled, unmanaged routes, and actually it’s worse for our security.”
As the people of Britain go to the polls to decide whether or not to remain in the European Union, join us to watch the results come in. With screens generously provided by Sky News, we will be showing the coverage on a selection of channels. A selection of snacks will be served to keep you going.
“I felt like [the whole of] Syria was on a dinghy. And we were not welcome.” – Hassan Akkad Heated discussion on the issue of Europe’s crisis in handling the arrival of refugees took place at the Frontline Club on Wednesday 4 May.
By George Symonds On Friday 19 June 2015, the Frontline Club held a screening of the genre-defying Those Who Feel the Fire Burning, an experimental film focusing on the experiences of those who risk their lives in order to reach the shores of Europe. The audience was joined by co-producer Katja Draaijer for a discussion following the screening.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Annalisa Piras and executive producer Bill Emmott.
Following the success of Girlfriend in a Coma, director Annalisa Piras brings us an artfully constructed depiction of how Europe is sleepwalking toward disaster, starring Angus Deayton in fiction scenes from a post-EU future. Piras pairs an imagined view from a dystopian future with insightful analysis on how and why things are going so wrong by ordinary Europeans and economic and political experts.
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 […]
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 […]
By Elliott Goat Opening the debate organised by Standpoint magazine, which took place at the Frontline Club on May 1, Standpoint Editor Daniel Johnson began by restating the motion: This house believes that Britain is more interested in doing business with Russian Oligarchs than standing up to Vladimir Putin.
On the evening of 11 June 2013, the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras pulled the plug on ERT, Greece’s public broadcaster, after 75 years of continuous operation. The silencing of public television resulted in a political conflict and provoked protests in a country already divided. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Yorgos Avgeropoulos.
By George Symonds What do a dead poet, organised crime and the air we breathe have in common? On Thursday 21 November the Frontline Club screened The Carbon Crooks – director Tom Heinemann’s exposé of the massive fraud and failures within global carbon trading schemes. Heinemann introduced his picture thus: “This film is a about […]
Carbon Crooks documents the failure of carbon trading, a system set up to cut down carbon emissions and curb global warming. Through interviews and case studies the film investigates the mechanisms of fraud in the carbon markets. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Tom Heinemann.
A country’s struggle between the glamourous world of Eurovision and the unrealistic demand for democracy
By Caroline Schmitt The screening of “Amazing Azerbaijan!” on Thursday, 11th April was followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Liz Mermin. The film contrasts the two-faced Azerbaijan: on one hand there was the glamour before and during Eurovision, carefully constructed by the government; the other side is that investigative journalists like Khadija Ismayilova regularly […]
By Jasper Wenban-Smith, international editor of ForesightNews. A round up of world news in the week ahead from journalist resource ForesightNews. Monday 15 March On Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will host annual consultations in Tokyo with the European Union, attended by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel […]
Syria’s bloody conflict, fallout from North Korea’s nuclear test, and Italian elections set the scene for another whirlwind week in world news
By Jasper Wenban-Smith, international editor of ForesightNews. A round up of world news in the week ahead from journalist resource ForesightNews. Monday 18 February UN investigators looking into atrocities committed in the Syrian conflict will release their latest report on Monday. The commission chair Paulo Pinheiro and member Carla Del Ponte will discuss the report’s […]
Brussels is the second biggest lobbying capital of the world. With the existence of a strong, well organised and deeply rooted lobby network directors Friedrich Moser and Matthieu Lietaert raise the question who really runs the European Union.
One of the first films to get the footage of protests in the wake of elections in Belarus in 2010, Europe’s Last Dictator gives us a rare glimpse into the struggle against Aleksander Lukashenko’s brutal regime.
By Nicky Armstrong Europe’s Last Dictator is a thought-provoking film about Belarus and its president Aleksander Lukashenko. The panel gathered to discuss Lukashenko’s brutal authoritarian style of ruling and what the future holds for Belarusians under a state that actively carries out torture, state-sponsored murder and kidnap as part of a crackdown of the opposition. Stephen Sackur of […]
A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 9 to Sunday, 15 January from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt Monday looks to be the biggest day of what should be an interesting week internationally. Kicking off with the ongoing EU debt crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Berlin to […]
A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 12 December to Sunday, 18 December from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt US President Barack Obama hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki for talks in Washington on Monday, with discussions focusing on strengthening the ‘strategic partnership’ between the two countries. The summit comes ahead of a […]
A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 7 November to Sunday, 13 November from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as Carlos the Jackal, goes on trial in Paris on Monday accused of complicity in the deaths of 11 people. The charges relate to bombings in France in 1982 and 1983. […]
A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 16 to Sunday, 23 October from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt The UN Human Rights Committee session opens on Monday in Geneva, with the situation in Iran on the agenda for the first two days. Meanwhile, Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator […]
A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 26 September to Sunday, 1 October from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero is scheduled to request the dissolution of Parliament on Monday to make way for early elections on 20 November. Spain was not due to hold elections until March next year, but […]