Sunday, March 26, 2017

Our video report of anti-Brexit demonstration March 25th 2017

I and my colleague Zoe Broughton filmed the massive anti-Brexit demonstration yesterday.
Yesterday, London was filled with chants of "Stop Brexit now!" as 100,000 of people joined the Unite for Europe march. The calls for Brexit to be stopped came just days before the Prime Minister is due to trigger Article 50.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Nazi Art

1937- Half a million people saw the Great German Art show (more than half the population of prewar Munich) but two million flocked to see the exhibition in the gallery next door of ‘degenerate’ art. This wasn’t what Hitler had intended. Clearly, something had gone badly wrong.

Fascinating article on Hitler's view on art

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival seeks entries

IWM Short Film Festival is a showcase of imaginative and challenging films inspired by our collections and our role – to explore the causes, course and consequences of war and conflict, and its impact on people’s lives

Call for entries

Call for entries for IWM Short Film Festival 2017 closes midnight Friday 28 April 2017.
Entries will be accepted in two categories:
  • Documentary
  • Creative Response 
There will be four additional awards:
  • IWM Special Category: States of Emergency
  • Best Student Film
  • Best Use of IWM Archive Material
  • Audience Vote Award
All shortlisted films will be screened at IWM London from 17-26 November 2017. Filmmakers will also be in with a chance of having their film screened at Picturehouse cinemas.
Prizes for 2017 include:
  • An archive and restoration package of up to £10,000 with R3Store Studios Ltd
  • A 12 week paid internship with October Films
  • 5 days free access to a fully equipped studio space or High End post-production facilities at London South Bank University,4TU9B,OM8AUV,I7ZHS,1

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£4000 prize for investigative journalism outside London

A cash prize for investigative journalism is being launched in memory of the distinguished former World In Action editor Ray Fitzwalter, who died last year following a long battle with illness.

The award, which will be made to recognise the work of investigative journalists working outside London, is to be launched by Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass at this month’s Nations And Regions Media Conference, held at The Lowry at Salford Quays and hosted by the University of Salford.

It will mark the huge contribution made by investigative journalist Ray Fitzwalter, who edited Granada’s flagship current affairs programme for 17 years.

The Bury-born journalist developed a reputation as a fearless programme maker over his long career, creating hard hitting documentaries dealing with corruption in business and government, and famously ending the career of home secretary Reginald Maudling after uncovering his links with architect John Poulson.
He also covered the slaughter in East Pakistan which led to the birth of Bangladesh and, as head of current affairs at Granada, commissioned a series of documentaries on the Birmingham pub bombings which exposed one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in British legal history.

Later, he formed his own production company and became a founding member of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He also chaired the Nations and Regions Media Conference for several years and became a visiting professor at the University of Salford.
The award will be launched at the conference on Tuesday March 28 by Ray’s former World In Action colleague Paul Greengrass, who went on to direct Hollywood hits.
He said: "This is an important award, celebrating the very best of investigative journalism as a time when communities across the UK are fragmenting and fake news is growing rapidly. I’m pleased to be launching the award in Ray’s memory."

The first award will be made at 2018’s conference, with the winner being offered access to significant mentoring in addition to the cash prize which must be spent partly on carrying out future investigations.

A panel of distinguished journalists and programme makers, including ITV’s controller of current affairs Tom Giles and Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs Dorothy Byrne, will take part in the launch event and act as judges for submissions which will be accepted from September onwards.

The prize, which will be announced every year for the next five years, has been sponsored by the University of Salford’s School of Arts and Media, Channel 4, ITV, and David and Elaine Potter from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Ray’s wife, Luise Fitzwalter, said: “Ray would be both amazed and slightly embarrassed about the idea but would totally approve.”

The University of Salford’s Beth Hewitt, Director of the Nations and Regions Media Conference, said:  “Ray's contribution to investigative journalism was exceptional, he stands as an inspirational figure for anyone working in this field – particularly in this era of fake news.
“Ray passionately believed in the power of journalism to expose the truth and this Award is a most fitting tribute to his remarkable career.”

The conference, now in its 23rd year and celebrating excellence in a climate of opportunity outside London, takes place from March 28-29 and includes a keynote speech from Ofcom chief executive Sharon White, speaking just days before the regulator takes over responsibility for holding the BBC to account.

Bob Shennan, the BBC’s newly appointed Director of Radio, will share his thoughts on the future of the format with Radio 5 Live breakfast presenter Rachel Burden, Line of Duty producer Simon Heath and Happy Valley producer Nicola Shindler will talk about the success of TV drama across the UK, and the makers of Channel 4’s Educating series will share some secrets of their success.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Want to celebrate International Women’s Day ? That will be £6 please

IWW ‘Bread and Roses’ Textile Strike in Lawrence, MA, 1912.
An article pubished today by a friend makes a good point about entry fee to celebrate women. She writes...

Three weeks ago I was invited to do a 15-minute TED-style talk at an upcoming International Women’s Day event that a local bar is organising. After they accepted my proposed topic, I received unexpected news that anyone wishing to attend would be charged £6 entry fee. This immediately made me feel uncomfortable, my initial thoughts being:
  • Why is there a door tax for an event that should be inclusive?
  • Why, if a fee is being charged, are the speakers not being paid?
  • Why is none of the entry fee being donated to a charity or campaign group that supports the aims and values of IWD?
“International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”
When we celebrate an event or occasion, we reflect on achievement, progress, a journey. There is performance, ritual, praise, we do something special in honour of the event in question. So to celebrate women we will look to the past to see how far (or not) we’ve come.
Read more


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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Women’s Film Night- in Oxford

  • to
  • Film Oxford (OFVM)

    54 Catherine Street, Oxford OX4 3AH (map)
  • Film Oxford is on the corner of Howard St and Catherine St. We have a bike lock ups and a few car parking spaces behind the building off Catherine St.
  • Next Open Screen at Film Oxford, 54 Catherine St, OX4 3AH 7:30-9:30pm, Thursday 9th March 2017 - ALL WELCOME

    Women’s Film Night: an evening of empowering films by and about women, including the film made on the Reel Women course the same week – part of Oxford International Women’s Festival.

    This evening we will be screening "Ramala Prison" -  a short documentary about a UK group, campaigning for Palestinian women, who were held in an Israeli detention center. They secretly documented their imprisonment. One of the women will be there to talk about the film and updates on the current Palestinian situation.

    There will also be a screening of part of "It's A Dog's Life" - an award winning documentary about an undercover investigation into Europe's largest animal testing facility which was broadcast 20 years ago this month. The diarist will be there to discuss her experiences.

    The film made on the Film Oxford Reel Women course will be about local author Sylvia Vetta whose latest book ‘Oxford Castaways 3’ will be launched on the 9th March. This will be the final castaways book and the proceeds will go to Sobell House.
    Open Screen is an monthly event where you can watch and discuss locally made films, meet other filmmakers – ranging from beginners to professionals – and hear about upcoming Film Oxford courses.

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