In this double-bill social dystopias were explored through the medium of news broadcasts.
Peter Watkins, The War Game, BBC, UK, 1965, 50mins
The War Game, written and directed by Peter Watkins, depicts the effects of a Soviet nuclear attack on Britain. Though it won an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1966, it wasn’t until 1985 that the BBC finally aired the programme, after having declared “the effect of the film has been judged by the BBC to be too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting”. The War Game quickly became a cause célèbre for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
Gabriel Range, Death of a President, Channel 4, UK, 2006, 90mins
Death of a President explores the hypothetical assassination of George W. Bush. It was credited by the International Critics Prize Jury at Toronto Film Festival for “the audacity with which it distorts reality, to reveal a larger truth.”
Fri 29 February 2008 8-10.30pm
Gateshead Old Town Hall
Gateshead NE8 1HE