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Date(s) - 06/09/2016
19:00 - 22:00

Stoke Newington


Blue Pen


Blue Pen is an experimental short film about censorship and the disappearance of dissenting voices. The film pays particular attention to the voices of women journalists in conflict zones.

“Blue pen” is a casual term coined in WWI to describe the heavy edits and careful monitoring of the censorship committee. In 1916 all information was carefully controlled to support the war effort and to create hatred and suspicion of the enemy.

In 2016 the ‘spin’ might well have changed but we still have propaganda published as fact, reportage used to shape public opinion and the truth as always is the first casualty.


Film launch


Blue Pen will be screened together with the short Emma Humphreys the legacy, directed by Pratibha Parmar, and live music from renowned singer songwriter Lorraine Jordan, author of Anna’s Song commemorating the vital voice of Anna Politkovskaya. The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Jayasree Kalathil with filmmakers Caglar Kimyoncu, Julie McNamara and invited speakers Hilary McCollum and Sunny Singh.

6 September The Attic, Hackney Picturehouse

Time: 19.00 – 22.00

Admission: £6 (including a complimentary drink)

Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE

Info and tickets: www.vitalxposure.co.uk/productions/bluepen/