Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Documentary Films at the RSA

Molly Dineen: The Lie of the Land

From Al Gore's high profile call for action against climate change in An Inconvenient Truth to the BBC’s ground breaking nature series Planet Earth, the RSA Library aims to make some of the most interesting and thought provoking documentary and factual based films available to all RSA Fellows. Expanding on this resource, the RSA is also about to embark on the 'RSA Screens', a new initiative that combines screenings of new and topical documentaries with discussion and debate about the issues addressed in the films.

The RSA Screens series will kick off on Monday 21st May when, in partnership with Channel 4, the RSA will screen Molly Dineen's documentary The Lie of the Land, an award-winning film in which Dineen chronicles the decline of Britain’s small-holding, independent farming industry as the might of the ‘super’market reigns all-powerful. Sensitively depicted, the film charts the daily life of farmers and agricultural workers, exploring the destructive impact of disease, unsustainable development and how this has been exacerbated by legislation.

Since first being aired on Channel 4 at the beginning of May 2007 the documentary has generated a great deal of interest, including a review in The Observer Newspaper. This RSA screening will be of particular interest as after the screening Molly Dineen will be in conversation with journalist and former editor of The Independent and Independent on Sunday Rosie Boycott, when they will discuss the film and more generally the current threat to Britain’s rural economy and traditional way of life.

For a full list of DVD's available to borrow from the RSA Library, please visit the online library catalogue and search for "DVD".