Vital Xposure and filmpro presents Blue Pen, an experimental short film about censorship and the disappearance of dissenting voices by creative collaborators Caglar Kimyoncu and Julie McNamara.
The film focuses on the disappearance of women journalists in conflict zones, inspired by the story of Dorothy Lawrence, a young journalist with ambitions to become a war correspondent in WW1.
“Blue pen” is a casual term coined in 1916 to describe the heavy edits and careful monitoring by the censorship committee. All information was carefully controlled to support the war effort and edited or amended 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.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
1-6 October, Launch: 6 October, as part of First Thursdays.
A two-screen installation of Blue Pen can be viewed at the Tower Hamlets Local History and Library Archives. Featuring footage from the film and further provocations connected to the theme of the disappearance of dissident voices.
The Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives is wheelchair accessible and the installation is captioned and audio described.
First Thursdays is an initiative where on the first Thursday of every month, over 150 galleries in East London come together and run free events, exhibitions, talks and private views during a special late opening.