Global Journalism Film Festival 2019

The Global Journalism Film Festival gives students an opportunity to view and discuss recent films which highlight the importance of journalism and the pressures and tough decisions faced by journalists.

A presenter speaking to the audience at the Global Journalism Film Festival.

The 2019 festival took place in the Students' Union Auditorium on Wednesday 5 June.


The Post

Steven Spielberg | 2017 | USA | 116mins

Set in 1971, The Post depicts the true story of attempts by journalists at The Washington Post to publish the 'Pentagon Papers', classified documents regarding the US government's 30-year involvement in the Vietnam war. Starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, the film received two Oscar nominations including Best Picture.


Shock and Awe

Rob Reiner | 2017 | USA | 90mins

Starring Woody Harrelson, Jessica Biel, Milla Jovovich and Tommy Lee Jones, Shock and Awe follows a group of journalists who investigate the reasons behind the Bush administration's 2003 invasion of Iraq. Based on the true story of award-winning reporters Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay.



Tom McCarthy | 2015 | USA | 129mins

A film about the power of investigative journalism, Spotlight was nominated for six Oscars and won two, including Best Picture, for its powerful retelling of the Boston Globe newspaper's exposure of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Starring Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams.

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