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War Game, The

Synopsis
Few films have caused as much controversy as Peter Watkins’ THE WAR GAME, a drama documentary made for BBC TV in 1965 about a ‘limited’ nuclear attack on Kent. Blending fiction and fact to create a moving and startling vision of the personal as well as the public consequences of such an attack, Watkins exposes the inadequacy of the nation’s Civil Defence programme and questions the philosophy of the nuclear deterrent. It was banned from television screens anywhere in the world until 1985.
The video and DVD versions also include THE WAR GAME- A CONTROVERSY and a Peter Watkins short THE DIARY OF AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2003
Year of production
1966
Availability
out of distribution
Subjects
Drama; Media studies; Politics & government; Sociology
Keywords
censorship; dramatised documentary films; nuclear warfare; television drama

Online availability

URI
https://store.bbc.com/the-war-game
Price
£3.99
Delivery
Download

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
130 minutes
Year
2003

Type
Film
Format
16mm 35mm
Availability
Hire
Duration/Size
74 minutes

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Availability
Sale

Sections

Title
War game, The
Duration
47 mins

Title
War game - the controversy, The
Synopsis
Patrick Murphy reveals new information about the banning of the film and dicusses whether the BBC was involved in the decision.

Title
Diary of an unknown soldier
Synopsis
Made in 1959, this low-budget film portrays the moving, personal doubts and fears of a World War 1 soldier. The film won an ‘Amateur Oscar’.

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BFI Film Bookings Unit

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/about-bfi/help-faq/film-bookings External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7957 8938 / 8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

Distributor (Sale)

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

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