Looking forward to…Frontline Screening + Q&A: Stolen

Part of the Frontline Club’s Liberation Season. Promising hard-hitting journalism & a rollicking good story…

Filmmakers Ayala and Fallshaw follow Fetim Sellami, a Saharawi refugee, to North Africa for a reunion with her mother. Mother and child were separated when Sellami was a toddler. But the UN-sponsored reunion reveals a secret which spirals the film into a dark world the filmmakers could never have imagined. The Saharawis start talking about a forbidden subject…Their enslavement.

The filmmakers recount moments of terror when their lives were in danger as well as the extreme hardships in getting the footage across borders. Perhaps most disturbingly, it becomes difficult to distinguish who are the good guys, as the ‘good guys’ turn bad and the ‘bad guys’ appear to do good.

Protestors have demonstrated against the accuracy of the film. The Polisario, the movement running the camp flew Sellami to the Sydney Film Festival to deny being a slave and that slavery exists in the camps.

Stolen is a compelling, modern-day, real-life cloak-and-dagger thriller.

Frontline Club – Events: Liberation Season: Screening – Stolen.

8th Oct, Frontline Club @ 7pm

BAFTA & BFI Screenwriter Lecture series

Sir David Hare,Ronald Harwood, Peter Morgan, Simon Beaufoy, Aline Brosh McKenna and Christopher Hampton.  Series all about the auteur – the beginning being: screenwriters are much maligned, to what extent should they be considered a film’s true auteur?

Peter Morgan (20th Sept) was sold out virtually immediately (will have to rely on the podcasts) – but I did attend the Simon Beaufoy one on 17th Sept (I know how to enjoy a Friday night).  There was nothing revelatory: good screenwriting the foundation, a good director takes it further, need to be adaptable – but that in itself was pleasant.

Most interesting aspect was probably his history as a documentary-maker: the “do you want truth or a great story?” dilemma, the Rosa Parks incident as a media-choreographed affair, his insistence that the stories he writes are other peoples.

He came across eminently likeable: apologetically hippyish comments about truth and spirit and soul, credit to director, understanding and satisfaction in his role as writer – though sounds as if he is more writer/producer.  Isn’t that the perfect role?

Pod casts don’t seem to be available yet but should turn up here eventually.