(Previously) Sunday 14 December 2014
Jim Brown, US 2007 [PG], 93 mins
Singer/songwriter Pete Seeger was an architect of the folk revival. His songs include If I had a Hammer and Where Have All the Flowers Gone. Attacked by the US government for his views on peace, unionism, civil rights and ecology, Seeger was targeted by the anti-communist witch hunt of the 1950s. In spite of his enormous popularity, he was banned from US television for more than 17 years. With a combination of never-before-seen archival footage and personal movies made by Seeger and his wife, the film chronicles the life of this legendary artist and political activist. It serves as a testament to Seeger's belief in the power of song and his conviction that people can make a difference. Our screening is thought to be its UK première.
Producers Guild of America Award - Outstanding
Image courtesy of musicfilmweb.com
BLACKLISTING - GIANT STEPS
In 2009, the Information Commissioner's Office raided a shadowy organisation called the Consulting Association. They found a blacklist of over 3,000 workers who'd been denied employment in the construction industry, usually just for raising concerns over health and safety. The list also included around 400 environmental activists. Since then, a campaign has raised the possibility of bringing this illegal practice to an end. We present the latest developments.
Image courtesy of Reel News
Discussion led by Bob Davenport, 'You are one of the very best English singers I've ever heard or known' - letter from Pete Seeger, Derek Wall, International Co-ordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales, and filmmaker Shaun Dey of Reel News
Screenings are at Bolívar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street. Overground: Euston.
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20am on the day and may not be booked in advance.
Admission £10, concessions £8. Annual members £6/£4. Sorry no credit cards.