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.

Written by Julie McNamara
Directed by Julie McNamara & Caglar Kimyoncu
Produced by Chas de Swiet & Vital Xposure
Filmed by Zeynep Dagli
Edited by Caglar Kimyoncu & Zeynep Dagli

Penelope Freeman
Matthew Gurney
Gareth Turkington
Simon Balcon
Suni La

Sound Design Theo Holloway
Music ‘The Ballad of Dorothy Lawrence’ &
‘Anna’s Song’ by Lorraine Jordan

BSL interpreter (on set) Catrin Thomas
Audio description Alison Clarke
Fixer Phil Hollick
Caterer Vanessa Hollick

With thanks to the people of Paziols, Cafe Six and Les Darling Artistes.

The film features audio description and subtitles and all venues are wheelchair accessible.

Blue Pen will be screened within a programme of shorts and live music by singer/songwriter Lorraine Jordan looking at disappearing voices. The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Caglar Kimyoncu and Julie McNamara and invited speakers.

Date: 6 September
Time: 19.00 – 22.00
Venue: The Attic, Hackney Picturehouse (map)
Tickets: £6 (including a complimentary drink)

BSL signed event

Exhibition, September
A two-screen installation of Blue Pen can be viewed at the Dugdale Centre. Featuring footage from the film and further provocations connected to the theme of the disappearance of dissident voices.

Date: 10 to 24 September
Launch: 10 September, 17.30 to 19.15
General opening time: Mon – Fri :9.00 to 22.00
Sun: 10.00 to 13.00
Venue: Dugdale Centre, Enfield (map)
Tickets: Free

Exhibition, October

The film will be screened at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives with a two-screen installation of Blue Pen displayed on 6 October as part of filmpro lates / First Thursdays.

Date: 1 to 6 October
Launch :1 October, 09.00 to 17.00
Venue: Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
277 Bancroft Road, London, E1 4DQ
Tickets: Free

General opening time:

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

*First and Third Saturday of the month only

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