CA S E S T U D I E S O F 2 0 1 9 - 2 0 C P E P ROJ ECTS
THE WAR GAME:
CENSORSHIP, WAR AND THE MEDIA
The War Game panel: Professor John Cook, Dr Ben McConville, Trevor Royle,
Isobel Lindsay of CND Scotland and Professor David Hutchison, November 2019.
WHAT: Peter Watkin’s "The War Game", a 1966 Academy
Award winning TV documentary is a graphic and disturbing
portrayal of reconstruction of a nuclear attack based on
documentary research and set in Kent. The flm was originally
banned from TV for 20 years by the BBC but had limited
cinema release in the 60’s. Censorship, War and the Media
event included a screening of The War Game flm, a panel
discussion and exhibitions from GCU and Campaign for
Nuclear Disarmament (CND) Scotland.
WHERE & WHEN:
6th November 2019 at GCU and 20th
February 2020 at The Scottish Parliament.
WHY: Though over 50 years old and shot in black and white,
'The War Game' remains a key flm in galvanising debate on
vital political and social questions of our time.
WHO: The event was organised by Susan Grant,
Gillian McCallum, Research Impact and Knowledge
Exchange Ofcer and Professor John Cook, Professor of Media.
John was joined on the panel by GCU, Prof. David Hutchison,
Visiting Professor of Media Policy, GCU, Isobel Lindsay,
Vice Chair of CND Scotland, Trevor Royle, historian,
broadcaster and author of 'Facing the Bear: Scotland and
The Cold War' (Birlinn, 2019). Promotion of the event was
supported by GCU Outreach: School and College Connects.
OUTPUTS: Screening event on campus with 94 college
and school students and 22 members of the public.
Further screening with 30 members of the public,
fve Advanced Higher Hub pupils. There was an exhibition
of GCU CND Scotland archives in the Sir Alex Ferguson
Library alongside a new display by CND Scotland of
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