Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Full Unemployment Cinema, 27th March 2011 London

Full Unemployment Cinema presents 'Evening' Land by Peter Watkins

Sunday 27th March 2011, 6pm
at Colorama
52-56 Lancaster Street,
London SE1

Evening Land
by Peter Watkins, 1976 (Denmark 110 mins)

Made with a cast of 192 non-professional actors, Evening Land continues to
explore the form of fictional documentary which Watkins had developed since
Culloden (1964), intervening polemically into a period of intense debates about
the media, worker militancy, terrorism and the anti-nuclear movement.

‘Evening Land’ depicts ‘fictional’ events in Europe at that time -
beginning with a strike at a shipyard in Copenhagen over the building of four
submarines for the French navy: not only because the financially troubled
management has proposed a wage freeze to secure the contract, but because it is
discovered that the vessels can be fitted with nuclear missiles. At the same
time, a summit meeting of European Common Market ministers takes place in
Copenhagen, and a group of radical demonstrators kidnap the Danish EEC Minister
in protest against the production of nuclear submarines in Denmark, and in
support of the strikers’ demands. The Danish police not only brutally attack
a demonstration by the strikers, they also locate and rescue the kidnapped
minister, and capture or kill the ‘terrorists’.

Essay: http://pwatkins.mnsi.net/evening.htm

Entrance: Free

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