Frontline Club

Thursday 3 April 2014, 6-8.00 PM

Members’ Drinks

Members, new and old, please join us for our April meetup, with drinks kindly supplied by Chivas Regal. Please RSVP to Membership Co-ordinator, Sophie Nagovitsyna.


Thursday 17 April 2014, 7:00 PM

The Frontline Club Quiz – April 2014

The infamous Club Quiz returns in April with quizmasters Caroline Johns and Dr Keith Surridge.

Teams can consist of up to six people and the entry cost is £5 per person. All money raised goes to the Frontline Fund, assisting families of fixers and support staff killed or injured while working with the international media.


Thursday 20 March 2014, 7:00 PM

The Frontline Club Quiz – March 2014

The infamous Club Quiz returns in March with quizmaster Caroline Johns.

Teams can consist of up to six people and the entry cost is £5 per person. All money raised goes to the Frontline Fund, assisting families of fixers and support staff killed or injured while working with the international media.


January 14, 2014

After Tiller: The Grey Area of Late-Term Abortions

By Antonia Roupell The nature of death, the right to justify it, and the value of human choice. There are few documentaries that deal with these weighty issues as uncompromisingly as After Tiller. The award winning film by co-directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson revolves around the four remaining doctors in the US who are willing […]


October 30, 2013

The Bombing of al-Bara: The Camera That Captured It

By Antonia Roupell On 29 October, exactly one year and one day after the bombing of al-Bara in northern Syria, an audience gathered in the Ritzy Cinema to watch filmmaker Olly Lambert’s extraordinary footage of the attacks. The Bombing of al-Bara screening was hosted by the Frontline Club and DocHouse as part of a series of Between […]


September 26, 2013

Maintaining the line of ethical journalism

By Richard Nield An event at the Frontline Club on 25 September saw a discussion focused on the recently published book by Stewart Purvis and Jeff Hulbert, When Reporters Cross The Line, examining the ethics of reporting in high pressure situations.


September 18, 2013

The Afghanistan Debate

By Dan Tookey The Frontline Club abandoned familiar digs in Paddington on Tuesday 17 September in favour of the packed Shaw Theatre on the Euston Road. In partnership with BBC World Service for Afghanistan, they brought together five leading experts on Afghanistan to discuss the country’s recent past and near future.


September 17, 2013

Out of the Shadow

By Dan Tookey In the Shadow of a Man was shown to a packed audience at the Frontline Club on Monday 16th September. The documentary explores the lives and opinions of four very different Egyptian women in their fight for women’s rights. The film cuts across class and geography but finds similar threads of resistance […]


July 22, 2013

Syria Conflict: Developments on the ground and on the international stage

By Dan Tookey The month of Ramadan is usually a time for festivities and celebration but in Syria there is little to rejoice about.  The United Nations has estimated around 93,000 Syrians have died since the civil war began in 2011 and the number of refugees fleeing the country recently exceeded 1.5 million. On Wednesday […]


Wednesday 27 November 2013, 8:15 PM

Ten Years on the Front Line

This year the Frontline Club is ten and to mark the occasion we will be joined by a panel of journalists to look back on ten years on the front line. Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow will be chairing a panel of journalists including the BBC’s Lyse DoucetAnthony Loyd of The Times, ITV News’ Bill Neely and Afghan journalist Shoaib Sharifi.


Friday 14 June 2013, 2:30 PM Crucible Studio Sheffield

Sheffield Doc/Fest Session: Surviving Syria – Filmmaking in Extremis

Heading to Sheffield Doc/Fest this year? Not only does the programme contain a fantastic selection of films, everyone with a full festival pass also has access to the diverse and inspiring conference programme. Join Frontline Club founder, Vaughan Smith on Friday 14 June at 2.30 PM at the Crucible Studio, for the panel Surviving Syria: Filmmaking in Extremis.


Saturday 6 July 2013, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: Video Compression

Learn how to compress/encode audio and video, organise workflows, perform batch-encodes, create podcasts, mobile, youtube, email movies, DVD files and more.


April 30, 2013

Greenland holds its breath: the duality of change

By Lizzie Kendal On Monday 29 April, the Frontline Club hosted a screening of The Village at the End of the World, followed by a Q&A with director Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, 2007). “They say in Greenland that they’re holding their breath about their future,” she explained as she introduced the film, which explores the challenges […]


February 15, 2013

Window of opportunity for the DRC

By Richard Nield The coming year could be a window of opportunity for the international community to tackle the violence and lawlessness that has claimed more than 5 million lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the past 15 years. The panel: Kassim Kayira, Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, Jean-Roger Kaseki, Patrick Smith, Ben Shepherd. Photograph: […]


Saturday 11 May 2013, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: Video Compression

Learn how to compress/encode audio and video, organise workflows, perform batch-encodes, create podcasts, mobile, youtube, email movies, DVD files and more.


January 17, 2013

Obama 2: The reluctant bully

By Nigel Wilson With the speechwriters putting the final touches to Barack Obama’s second inauguration address, a panel of experts assembled at the Frontline Club on Wednesday 16 January to assess the challenges and expectations facing the president.


Tuesday 12 February 2013, 7:00 PM

Between the Lines launch event

Between the Lines is a three day festival of screenings and discussions, held at RichMix from 1st to 3rd March. This launch event at the Frontline Club will provide a taster of what the festival holds in store. Drinks will be provided.


Wednesday 9 January 2013, 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED First Wednesday: Will 2013 see an end to the conflict in Syria?

March 2013 will mark two years since the conflict in Syria began. The UN has said it believes the fighting has now cost the lives of at least 60,000 people. We will be bringing together an expert panel to update you on the situation in the country, and to look ahead at the prospects for 2013.


November 15, 2012 7:00 PM

Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture

Discussing Britain’s record on involvement in the use of torture and asking whether it is to time to challenge the official line that the UK does not ‘participate in, solicit, encourage or condone’ torture.


November 27, 2012 7:00 PM

Covering poverty in an indifferent world

Nearly 30 years on from Michael Buerk’s reporting from the famine in Ethiopia and the subsequent Live Aid, can a global audience be galvanised to act?


November 6, 2012 8:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED Obama or Romney – The 57th US Election Night

As Americans go to the polls we invite you to join us to follow the live coverage of the 57th US Presidential election night.


October 27-28, 2012 - 10am-5pm

Two Day Workshop: Introduction to editing with Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X has redefined the post-production process for journalists and video professionals. Until now all non-linear editing systems were based on film editing. FCP X works with new paradigms from tapeless workflows. This two day workshop will guide you through this revolutionary new way of editing by taking you through an edit from start […]


October 23, 2012 7:00 PM

#FCBBCA Cyber snooping: In whose hands should internet governance be entrusted?

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In Iran it is reported that the government are building a national intranet that adheres to Islamic values and is isolated from the World Wide Web, in the UK the government is proposing a communications bill that will see an increase in monitoring of emails and social media by the police and intelligence agencies’.

With companies’ interests lying in the commercial gains of data and governments’ in the ability to monitor populations, join us as we ask to whose hands internet governance should be entrusted.


October 17, 2012 7:00 PM

What does the Marikana massacre mean for South Africa?

The Marikana miners’ strike in South Africa which resulted in the shooting dead of 34 workers by police is becoming a pivotal moment in South Africa’s post-apartheid history. We will be joined by a panel of experts to discuss the root causes in society and politics in South Africa that lead to the Marikana massacre.


October 10, 2012 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED Communicating about Syria – A humanitarian perspective

The humanitarian situation in Syria has dramatically worsened over the past weeks and the plight of the Syrian people has drawn international attention and concern as well as condemnation of the Syrian regime.

Join us to discuss the humanitarian efforts being made in Syria and the many challenges that are faced. How do journalists and humanitarian agencies share information in such a complex conflict situation? We will analyse the balance between openness and the ability to continue to provide vital assistance on the ground in a conflict such as that in Syria.


October 3, 2012 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED First Wednesday: Defending Islam and free speech

Freedom of expression or provocation? Join us as we examine the root causes of the wave of protest and violent attacks that have spread across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


October 2, 2012 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED THIRD PARTY EVENT Broken filter: Is our journalism up to the debate over energy and climate change?

Organised by the Greenpeace Energydesk

With the UK’s Energy bill on the verge of coming before parliament and world leaders preparing for the latest climate summit, this time in Doha; some are worrying about the ability of a struggling media to play an effective role in the debate on energy and the climate.

Chaired by editor of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger an expert panel will be exploring whether our journalism is up to the debate over energy and climate change.


September 25, 2012

Insight Tarun J. Tejpal: The Story of My Assassins

Named one of India’s most influential people by The Guardian, Businessweek and Asiaweek, Tarun J. Tejpal is an acclaimed journalist, publisher, novelist and founder of Tehelka, a news organisation that has become renowned globally for its aggressive public interest journalism. He will be joining us in conversation with Shahzeb Jillani, South Asia Editor at BBC World Service News to talk about his work and the media landscape in India today.


September 19, 2012

FULLY BOOKED Ryszard Kapuściński: Where does journalism end and literature begin?

Voted journalist of the century in his native Poland, Ryszard Ryszard Kapuściński renowned across the globe for his coverage of the developing world during the final stages of European colonialism in the ’60s and ’70s .

We will be joined by a panel including Artur Domoslawski the author of Ryszard Kapuściński: A Life to discuss the work of this renowned journalist and his influence on journalism today. We will be asking to what extent Kapuściński blurred the line between journalism and literature.


September 18, 2012

Friday deadline for nominations of the year’s best journalism

There are only four days left for Frontline Club members to nominate the best journalism they have seen this year in each of the following categories: Print | Broadcast | Photojournalism | Tribute.
The Frontline Club Awards for excellence in journalism aim to recognise recognise journalistic integrity, courage and independence of spirit, and include the work of freelances.