Robert’s Genre Club: War/Anti-War film season & course
Robert Senior is launching a new genre club in June showcasing the war film genre. The talks and screenings are based on modern conflicts since the first world war.
This feels like a timely moment to look back on the history of war on film, a difficult subject for some but important and relevant. The best war films are actually anti-war; they may contain themes of courage and comradeship but they ultimately also contain an anti-war message. Even the best films made about the second world war, the one least morally conflicted, contain damaged characters, mishaps and strong messages about war’s tragedy and futility.
Father’s Day Supper Club – Sunday 19 June
Film tickets and Supper Club tickets sold seperately.
Buffalo chicken wings, sour cream and chive dip
Spiced cauliflower bites, sour cream and chive dip
Beef and ale pie, mustard mash, roast carrot, seasonal greens
Mushroom and ale pie, mustard mash, roast carrot, seasonal greens
Dessert (£7 on the night)
Sussex cheese board
The remaining two films explore other conflicts. The 1950s French-Algerian war was one of the first about the suppression of terrorism but Gille Pontecorvo, an Italian Marxist, mined the conflict for all the moral dilemmas that such a situation creates. The Battle of Algiers (1966) remains one of the greatest films ever made and is just as relevant today. Finally, we will be screening the best film about the Iraq war, The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008), which is both a taut and suspenseful bomb disposal movie and an acute examination of the horror and madness of conflict.
– Robert Senior, April 2022