In this webinar, we explore the scope that film, drama and documentary makers have to make a social impact through the stories they bring to our screens. We discuss their potential for deepening our understanding, changing our perspectives or inspiring initiatives to promote social progress.
We examine some of the challenges that filmmakers face, including encouraging viewers to act on what they have seen.
Our guest panellists include:
- Anna Kumecheva - Screenwriter and producer; PhD student; Cumberland Lodge Scholar
- Ken Loach - Film and television director
Key themes of discussion
Film can make a significant contribution to current debates by shedding light on pressing social issues and portraying powerful personal or political messages in an accessible way. It allows us, as viewers, to experience, understand and empathise with ethical dilemmas, even if they seem far-removed from our day-to-day lives.
In recent years, films such as I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach (2016), and A Lady in the Van, directed by Nicholas Hytner (2015), have brought home the realities of relying on state benefits and homelessness. But did these cinematic depictions of the UK’s housing and welfare state challenges lead to greater charitable donations, public awareness or, indeed, positive action?
TV dramas can equally draw our attention to topical issue, and educate us about important events, both in the present and in the past. In June 2020, the BBC drama Sitting in Limbo exposed the reality of the Windrush Scandal as it affected Anthony Bryan, who was wrongfully detained by the Home Office. More recently, amidst the Black Lives Matter protests, the BBC aired its moving and harrowing drama Anthony, which told the story of the racially motivated murder of teenager Anthony Walker in 2005.
Dialogue & Debate with Cumberland Lodge is a series of regular interactive webinars on pressing issues affecting social cohesion in the UK. It is supported by our charitable funds.
You can join this webinar on Zoom, as a non-video participant, and interact with the panel via our live Q&A. Everyone is welcome. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aDRbuzmJR_uRUSmSZ6B5MQ
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