The Great European Disaster Movie Screening

Bill Emmott, Annalisa Piras, Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen and Dr Jody LaPorte, chaired by Dr David Levy
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17:00 - 19:45
Merton College
Merton Street
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T.S.Eliot Lecture Theatre, access via Rose Lane

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The Blavatnik School of Government and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism will be hosting a screening of The Great European Disaster Movie.

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with Bill Emmott, Executive Producer, Annalisa Piras, Director, producer, writer, Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Research Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and Dr Jody LaPorte, Departmental Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government. Dr David Levy, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, will chair the discussion.

5.00pm Screening, 6.30pm Panel Discussion, 7.15pm Drinks Reception

This event is open to the public, to attend the event please sign up on the registration page.

Following the success of the acclaimed “ Girlfriend In a Coma” director Annalisa Piras and former editor of The Economist Bill Emmott bring us a new, hard hitting creative current-affairs documentary about the political, economic and identity crisis facing Europe.

In an artfully constructed depiction of how Europe is sleepwalking toward disaster, starring Angus Deayton in fiction scenes from a post-EU future the film pairs an imagined view from a dystopian future with insightful, cross- national analysis by ordinary Europeans and high level experts on how and why things are going so wrong.

Piras and Emmott in an authored piece of committed journalism argue powerfully that while economic crisis and popular anger are pushing Europe dangerously towards disintegration, the EU is in need of major reform but well worth saving. Subtle, moving, thought-provoking and witty, “The Great European Disaster Movie” is far more than a political film but instead frames Europe through the eyes of those who are most important to its success: the Europeans themselves.

Through the educational charity they founded, The Wake Up Foundation, Piras and Emmott have now launched a European campaign to promote a transnational debate on the themes of the film. Wake Up Europe! makes the film available to anyone who wishes to organise a debate on Europe, anywhere in Europe.