Join us on Tuesday the 6th of May at 6pm for a FREE evening of film and discussion presented in conjunction with students and staff from the MSc in Geopolitics and Security at Royal Holloway, University of London, featuring a screening of the award-winning documentary Dirty Wars (2013, 87 mins) - winner of the Sundance award for cinematography in 2013.
In and through film, war is observed, interpreted and constructed to invoke a visceral audience response. Dirty Wars and several contrasting short films will provide an avenue to deconstructing how the lenses of the journalist’s eye, the film editor’s art, and the film’s representation of place combine to provoke that response.
The film will be contextualized with talks and clips of short films, and a post-screening discussion will be chaired by Dr. Alasdair Pinkerton from the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Dr. Pinkerton will be joined by director and editor Ben Campbell and journalist and documentary filmmaker Sean Langan as we attempt to situate war from both sides of the lens.
About the panelists:
Moderator: Dr. Alasdair Pinkerton, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography (RHUL)
Dr. Alasdair Pinkerton is a Lecturer in political geography and geopolitics, with particular interests in issues related to critical geopolitics, the media, and the ‘international relations’ of public diplomacy. He has regional specialisms in the South Atlantic (Falkland Islands, Argentina and Chile) and South Asia (India, Pakistan and Afghanistan), as well as working extensively in the US, Canada and the UK. Recent papers can be found in Political Geography, the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Twentieth Century British History, the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, and Progress in Human Geography. His first book, “Radio”, will be published by Reaktion (and the Science Museum) in 2014. In 2013, Dr. Pinkerton served as an accredited observer of the Falkland Islands referendum. He appears frequently in the UK and international media on issues related to global geopolitics, including the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and the UK’s Overseas Territories.
Panelist: Ben Cambell, Director and Editor, Rampage Studio
Ben brings a TV & film editor and director’s voice and eye to the mix. He is a TV geek – because he’s passionate about making it. He’s pretty good at it too. The first half of Ben’s (almost) 20-year career was darkened rooms in Soho editing the likes of Stressed Eric for the BBC, Peppa Pig for Channel 5 and Charlie and Lola for Tiger Aspect. Ben emerged from the edit suite and naturally found himself in the director’s chair, taking the lead on Lyndey and Blair’s Taste of Greece for SBS ONE Australia, James and Thom’s Pizza Pilgrimage for Food Network and Roller Derby Till I Die for Extreme Sports Channel.
Panelist: Sean Langan, Journalist and Filmmaker
Sean Langan is a British journalist and documentary filmmaker who works in dangerous and volatile situations; environments noted for war, conflict and civil unrest, from Latin America to Iraq to Zimbabwe, and most recently from Afghanistan where he made the award winning films ‘Fighting the Taliban’ and ‘Meeting the Taliban’ in 2007. In March 2008, whilst working on a film for Channel 4, Sean Langan was kidnapped in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, by a group associated with the Taliban after trying to make contact with Al-Qaeda’s second in command. He was freed three months later (21st June 2008) after his family had negotiated his release.
It all kicks off at 6pm, Tuesday 6th May, Jetlag Bar, 125 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, W1t 6QB (see map). Entry is free! Drinks and snacks will be available to purchase at the bar.