War films

March 5, 2008

News gathering in Afghanistan

[video:youtube:rPaTgRPr4O4] Here’s a brief video of how a number of Afghanistan based journalists followed a breaking story from their bases in Kabul. How good stringers and local knowledge are invaluable and the value of input from military sources, Veteran reporter and filmmaker Bill Gentile profiles noted journalists from The New York Times, the BBC, Time, […]

January 31, 2008

“I would never do it again”

Filmmaker Mike Shiley says he’d never do it again. The filmmaker, who quit his job and faked an ABC press pass before infiltrating Iraq, won awards for his documentary Inside Iraq: The Untold Stories. This week he spoke at a screening and Q&A at Temple University in Philadelphia. During the event a number of attendees […]

January 28, 2008


[video:youtube:nzK4qyArD1A] Not quite sure what to make of this… Bonegrinders is a play by Melody Von Smith and it opens on 22 February at the Road Less Traveled Theater, Buffalo, New York and runs until mid-March. According to the spiel, Bonegrinders is the story of a war journalist that returns home after his best friend/fellow […]

January 19, 2008

About men who kill

“On that day they were chasing each other round with body parts and they thought it was very funny. It was their way of surviving it.” The hard truth is that the US marines are good at killing and rejoice in it. Their training instils a terrible indifference to killing. Their whole spirit reinforces each […]

January 10, 2008

Bourne to Baghdad

[video:brightcove:1026280250] 2008 looks set to host something of a war film mania. Matt Damon is the latest actor to go to war. The star of the Bourne trilogy of films, starts work in Spain today with film director Paul Greengrass and actress Amy Ryan on an as yet untitled war thriller about life in Green […]

January 8, 2008

Ross Kemp in Helmand

Ex-soap star Ross Kemp heads to Helmand in a new five-part series. The Guardian has a trailer for the series and background on Organ Grinder, “During one engagement between B Company and the Taliban, we were pinned down by enemy fire in open ground,” he says. “Bullets fizzed inches from our heads, hitting the ground […]

January 6, 2008

The blogs of war

[video:dailymotion:x29jxt] Broadcast Journalist David Heathfield has a great 8 minute long report on the impact of the internet on how war is reported and who is reporting it in the 21st century. This video offers a good deal of background leading on from our previous post on Reporting restrictions. via cyberjournalist

January 3, 2008

From Harry Potter to Mogadishu

Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter films, is set to portray Reuters war photographer Dan Eldon who was stoned and beaten to death along with Hansi Krauss, Anthony Macharia also from Reuters and Hos Maina from the Associated Press in Mogadishu in July 1993. The film is called Journey and will be directed by […]

December 30, 2007

Taking the flak

A new BBC comedy about the life of war reporters is set to start filming in January. Martin Jarvis will portray a veteran foreign correspondent and war reporter in the six part BBC2 series, called Taking the flak, set in a fictional African country. The series is written by Frontline club member and former Frontline […]

December 17, 2007

Richard Engel wins a duPont

Richard Engel wins a duPont Award for his MSNBC War Zone Diary which aims to give an insider’s look at the life of a war correspondent in Iraq. The 2008 duPont awards, which were announced today, were originally established in 1942 and are widely considered to be the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes. A […]

December 17, 2007

Inside the Surge ends

[video:youtube:OBu3AJF52Is] Snappers Tom Van Dyke and Kuni Takahashi working for the Chicago Tribune on a multi-part series from Iraq called Inside the Surge were in for a bit of surprise when they returned to Baghdad last month. They were no longer wanted. Sunday’s edition of the Tribune has more, The Tribune was told that questions […]

December 12, 2007

Blog Wars at Frontline Club

Go catch the screening of Blog Wars, a film directed by James Rogan, at the Frontline Club next week Followed by Q&A with director James Rogan and Producer Phil Craig, Mon 14th January, 7.30pm Price: £5.00 – [The film] takes a look at the rise and influence of blogs in politics as it follows several […]

December 11, 2007

At War

[video:youtube:iEVmbED4_0U] At War, a film by Scott Kesterson embedded with Army National Guard 41st Brigade, is due out in 2008 and this is the third trailer – via Afghanistanica

November 27, 2007

Conquer or die

[video:youtube:VpBeRvhRTw4&eurl] Afghan Knights – “Conquer or die” – Oh dear, oh weary, weary dear… This straight to video crapfest depicts the war in Afghanistan. For value added super realism it is filmed in Kamloops, British Columbia in a country called Canada. “Exotic” Kamloops, as Afghanistanica calls it, is approximately 6524.398 miles from Kabul according to […]

November 21, 2007

War, truth and the media today

  A short film made for the Media workers against the war conference at the London School of Economics last weekend, Amid all the current agonising about media integrity – and at a time when BBC management is preparing to cut news resources even further – can there be any area more worthy of scrutiny […]

November 10, 2007

Rageh goes underworld

Former BBC foreign correspondent Rageh ‘Scud stud’ Omar starts a new series called Crime Invasion: Britain’s New Underworld with Virgin 1 TV channel, “The show’s got a lot of edge to it. We hope viewers will look at it and say ‘Oh my God, did you see that on TV?’” says Celia Taylor, director of […]

October 20, 2007

Meeting Resistance

  Meeting Resistance, a film by Steve Connors and Molly Bingham, opens this week in the US. It’s a film about the ‘insurgency’ in Iraq from the ‘insurgent’s’ point of view. It portrays a side of the story that is rarely told in western media. The Washington Post says, Polished art it isn’t, but it […]

October 5, 2007

Behind the scenes – Shake hands with the devil

Following on from this post, I contacted Zimbabwe based Frontline Club member Robert Adams through the Frontline network. I wanted to ask him about the filming of the behind the scenes documentary that will accompany the film based on Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire’s book, Shake hands with the devil, about the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Where […]

September 27, 2007

Media made easy

In yet more film news, War made easy is showing in “select theatres” across the USofA. The Valley Advocate says War made easy makes an easy job of the media, Perhaps more searing than its indictment of the politicians who lead us to war is the film’s unflinching critique of the major media, including once-highly […]

September 26, 2007

Richard Gere goes to war

Richard Gere’s latest film stars the former gigolo as a war reporter – “the war-zone equivalent of ambulance chasers” – as Style Weekly has it, Gere and Howard are soon turned into international journalism’s Starsky and Hutch, on the trail of a Serbian war criminal called The Fox. The movie’s entertainment value doesn’t end here, […]

September 25, 2007

Out of the hotzone

Kevin Sites, him of hotzone fame and self-styled multimedia internet war reporter – we’ll all be one of him one of these days… – has announced that his latest film will be shown ‘exclusively online’, “A World of Conflict” is the documentary about the “Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone” project, in which veteran war […]