Soviet Union

Tuesday 14 June 2016, 7:00 PM

Screening: City 40 + Q&A

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Samira Goetschel.

Tucked away deep in the heart of Russia, there is a hidden city where thousands of men, women and children live and work behind barbed-wire fences monitored by armed guards. Built after the Second World War to create the Soviet Union’s nuclear weapons program, City 40 is one of Russia’s secret closed cities. In this feature-length documentary, the film crew is smuggled inside the top secret CITY 40 to meet the brave residents who risk their lives to warn us of the human and environmental catastrophe that threatens the region.


September 30, 2015

The Red Web: Digital Surveillance in Russia

By Elliot Goat “This is not a phone conversation…”                                                                         – Soviet saying Introducing his new book The Red Web: The […]


March 19, 2015

George Blake: Masterspy of Moscow

By Helena Kardova On Monday 16 March, the Frontline Club hosted a preview screening of Masterspy of Moscow – George Blake, directed by George Carey. The film, which will be broadcast on Monday 23 March by BBC 4 Storyville, traces the life story of the legendary George Blake, a British diplomat who became a longterm double agent […]


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 […]


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 […]


October 14, 2013

Traitor Hero Comrade Spy: Philby – The Spy Who Went Into the Cold

By George Symonds “Good breeding and good manners are no guarantee of loyalty.” On Friday 11 October 2013, the Frontline Club screened Philby – The Spy Who Went Into the Cold. Kim Philby acted as a Soviet double-agent while serving as chief British intelligence officer in the United States, and while heading MI6’s anti-Soviet section. […]


Friday 11 October 2013, 7:00 PM

BBC Storyville Preview: Philby – The Spy Who Went Into the Cold + Q&A

Veteran director George Carey captures the extraordinary story of the double agent Kim Philby, who served as head of the anti-Soviet section of MI6. Several people who knew him well – in London, Beirut and Moscow – talk frankly about his character, and the weaknesses in the British establishment that made his double life possible. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director George Carey moderated by Nick Fraser.


April 19, 2013

Creating a new society: Russia from 1960 to 1990 and beyond

by Sally Ashley-Cound On Thursday 18th April at the Frontline Club, authors Irina Prokhorova and Oliver Bullough talked about their experiences of Russia which have informed the research and writing of their two very different books. Prokhorova’s book 1990: Russians Remember a Turning Point charts the missing year after 1989 when the Soviet empire fell […]


October 9, 2012

Oscar Arias: Leader of Strength and Peace

By Jim Treadway "There’s a definite lack of leaders [today]," documentary producer Richard Symons commented to a Frontline Club audience on 8 October.  "Where are they?" Symons had just screened the third film in his and Joanna Natasegara’s series The Price of Kings, which explores the weight of leadership.  Previous films have focused on Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres. […]


July 8, 2012

Hitler, Stalin, and Mr. Jones

By Jim Treadway  George Carey brought his Storyville documentary Hitler, Stalin and Mr. Jones to the Frontline Club on Friday night, exploring the life and tragic murder of Welsh journalist Gareth Jones (1905-1935). Jones grew up in Barry, south Wales, attended Cambridge University on a scholarship, became fluent in Russian and German, and showed a flair for […]


December 23, 2011

Special ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events until 8 January 2012

A special round up of world events from Monday, 26 December to Sunday, 8 January 2012 from ForesightNews   By Nicole Hunt     Here’s a special two-week roundup of big international events planned over the holiday period. While we can’t predict tsunamis, terrorist attacks, or sudden political change, we can give you a heads up […]


December 15, 2011

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 19- 25 December

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 19 December to Sunday, 25 December fromForesightNews By Nicole Hunt EU and Ukrainian officials meet in Kiev on Monday for the annual EU-Ukraine Summit, with rumours abound that President Viktor Yanukovych is planning to skip the meeting in favour of the EurAsEC summit taking place in […]