“The struggle to tell the truth through stories”: An interview with British film and television producer Tony Garnett—Part 2

24 October 2013 — WSWS

Part 1 Here

In a retrospective this summer, “Seeing Red,” the British Film Institute celebrated the work of veteran film and television producer Tony Garnett. The BFI described Garnett as one of television’s “most influential figures,” who “produced and fostered a succession of provocative, radical and sometimes incendiary dramas.”

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“The struggle to tell the truth through stories”: An interview with British film and television producer Tony Garnett—Part 1

23 October 2013 — WSWS

Part 2 Here

In a retrospective this summer, “Seeing Red,” the British Film Institute (BFI) celebrated the work of veteran film and television producer Tony Garnett. The BFI described Garnett as one of television’s “most influential figures,” who “produced and fostered a succession of provocative, radical and sometimes incendiary dramas.” Continue reading

Why bad movies keep coming out and what to do about it By John Pilger

17 October 2013 — John Pilger

As an inveterate film fan, I turn to the listings every week and try not to lose hope. I search the guff that often passes for previews, and I queue for a ticket with that flicker of excitement reminiscent of matinees in art deco splendour. Once inside, lights down, beer in hand, hope recedes as the minutes pass. How many times have I done a runner? There is a cinema I go to that refunds your money if you’re out the door within 20 minutes of the opening titles. The people there have knowing looks. My personal best is less than five minutes of the awful Moulin Rouge. 

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Wikileaks Newslinks 9 June 2013

9 June 2013 — williambowles.info


Where ‘We Steal Secrets,’ The Wikileaks Film, Falls Short


The film traces the creation of the Wikileaks site, focusing primarily on Assange’s troubled past and conflicted present. It then quickly touches on several of Wikileaks’ greatest hits – the so-called “collateral murder” video from Iraq, the release of …



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Video: Julian Assange Pt.3: On Meeting With Google, Responds to Anti-WikiLeaks Attacks From New Film to Finances

29 may 2013 — Democracy Now!

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy last year to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sex assault and rape allegations. He fears that Sweden will agree to extradite him to the United States. On Tuesday, Ecuador’s foreign minister accused the British government of trampling on Assange’s rights by refusing to allow him to travel to Ecuador, which granted him political asylum almost a year ago. Joining us from the embassy, Assange addresses what he calls “attacks on all fronts against WikiLeaks,” from a monetary embargo involving some of the world’s largest financial firms to a new Hollywood documentary on WikiLeaks, “We Steal Secrets.” Assange also discusses a little-known meeting he held in June 2011 with Google CEO Eric Schmidt. We air an excerpt of audio recording from that meeting.

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"Shadows of Liberty": New Film Explores How Corporate Control of Media Erodes Press Freedoms

6 April 2013 — Democracy Now!

Shadows of Liberty: Using individual cases of journalists whose attempts to tell their stories have been muzzled by corporations and the government, the film shows how a corporate-controlled media can silence the truth about issues ranging from war to labor practices. In one instance, CBS refused to re-air an investigation by the prize-winning journalist Roberta Baskin on Nike’s use of sweatshop labor in Vietnam. Published on Apr 5, 2013 The new documentary “Shadows of Liberty” had its U.S. premiere last night at the National Conference for Media Reform in Denver.

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Fracking Industry Goes After Promised Land Film by Meher Ahmad

18 January, 2013PRWatch

[Don’t how many readers are aware of PRWatch yet another excellent resource, US-based of course. Here’s a taster. WB]

Before Gus Van Sant’s latest film Promised Land even premiered, the energy industry was up in arms, gearing up to counter the film’s apparent anti-fracking stance with a barrage of “community” responses (read: thinly veiled corporate PR). James Schamus, chief executive of Focus Features the distributor of the film, expressed shock about the attacks on Promised Land: “We’ve been surprised at the emergence of what looks like a concerted campaign targeting the film even before anyone’s seen it.” Continue reading

2013 Academy Award Nominations: “And the Winner is … The CIA” By David Walsh

13 January 2013 — World Socialist Web Site

The Oscars: Extraordinary and glaring contradictions

This year’s Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning during a media event at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

The award ceremony itself will take place February 24 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

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Book/Event: All Knees and Elbows of Susceptibility and Refusal: Reading History From Below

 16 November <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>2012 — Transmission Gallery

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VTJP News & Articles 14 September 2012: 95% of Gaza groundwater ‘not fit for human use’

14 September 2012  — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Protesters Injured In Bil’in’s Weekly Protest
IMEMC – Dozens of residents, and a number of International peace activists, marched towards the Annexation Wall, isolating the villagers from their lands, and were attacked by dozens of Israeli soldiers who fired gas bombs at them, and waste-water mixed with chemicals. … 

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Gala London Premiere of The Crisis of Civilization, 29-30 Nov, 7pm, Whirled Cinema

9 November 2011 — IPRD

Following the successful UK premiere at the Leeds International Film Festival on Sunday of our documentary feature film, The Crisis of Civilization, we are delighted to announce that we will be holding our FREE 2 day Gala London Premiere at the Whirled Cinema in Camberwell.

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I AM NOT MOVING – Occupy Wall Street Movie

16 October 2011 — Ogilvie Film

Please share as much as you can, this film is a warning to our elected leaders.

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Please credit ‘shot by you the people, edited by Corey Ogilvie’. Please share with everyone, including your leaders. This video is meant to be a warning to our leaders. Including stunning cinematography from Alex Mallis – http://www.alexmallis.com/ and Kristopher Rae – http://sociallyawkwrd.tumblr.com

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 27 July, 2011: Undercover Forces Captured On Film Kidnapping A Palestinian Child in Jerusalem

27 July , 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Knesset Grants Fundamentalist Settlement Groups Admin “National Gardens” Rights
IMEMC – Wednesday July 27, 2011 – 23:40, On Wednesday, The Israeli Knesset approved in Preliminary Reading a law that allows “nonprofit” and nongovernmental fundamentalist Israeli settler groups, especially the El Ad group, administrative power to run the so-called “National Gardens in David’s City”, in Silwan Palestinian neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem.

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Pilger Film Banned By Lannan Foundation By John Pilger

10 June 2011 — Information Clearing House

An open letter to Noam Chomsky and the general public.

Dear Noam
I am writing to you and a number of other friends mostly in the US to alert you to the extraordinary banning of my film on war and media, ‘The War You Don’t See’, and the abrupt cancellation of a major event at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe in which David Barsamian and I were to discuss free speech, US foreign policy and censorship in the media.

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Budrus Official Film Website | Just Vision

4 December, 2010 — Just Vision

Budrus tells the story of a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites members of all factions along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction. Success looks improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.

Recently, the Boston Globe said of Budrus, “this film will single-handedly change how many people view the conflict. It’s that good and that important.”


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Housmans Radical Books London, Newsletter of Events in August 2010

1 August, 2010 — Housmans

1. Paul Russell’s UK Street Photography Exhibition
2. What is wrong with using Amazon?

3. ‘Soho Noir’ with Cathi Unsworth and Paul Willetts
4. ‘Fighting Fascism in London’ with David Renton
5. ‘How to Live Free in London’ with Katharine Hibbert
6. ‘The Short Film Movement’
7. ‘Dan Chatterton – London‘s One Man Revolution’ with The Freethought History Research Group
8. Future Events

9. Cathi Unsworth Picks Five

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Don Mattera on Jerusalema: SA's Oscar Hope…

118 minutes Genre: Action, Drama

Before I put my signature to the list of well-wishing producers, financiers, actors, film critics and the panel asked by the National Film and Video Foundation to consider Jerusalema for Oscar nomination for yet another inexplicably violent depiction of Africa and Africans, I want to say, that I am aware that it all comes with the territory.

In Jerusalema, the Hollywood spectre almost consumes the narrative of South Africa’s urban cities, as they struggle to combat and overcome the insidious local and foreign sub-culture of criminality, corruption and the usurpation of our social edifices before our very eyes.

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