Blue Pen will be showing as part of Whitechapel First Thursdays on 6 October 2016 at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives.

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.

Blue Pen Website

Blue Pen Blog

The film will be exhibited between 1 - 6 October at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives with the installation version displayed on 6th October 2016 as part of filmpro lates / First Thursdays

The film features audio description and subtitles and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
277 Bancroft Road, London, E1 4DQ

Opening Times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday: 09.00 - 17.00
Thursday: 09.00 - 20.00
Friday: Closed
Saturday*: 09.00 - 17.00

*First and Third Saturday of the month only

Phone: 020 7364 1290
Email: localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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