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The War Game


Thu 4 May 2017, 7:00pm–7:50pm
Fri 12 May 2017, 7:00pm–7:50pm
Sat 20 May 2017, 7:00pm–7:50pm
Wed 24 May 2017, 7:00pm–7:50pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Concession Admission: $8.20 ($8.00 + $0.20 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

Screening as part of our Politics on Film series.

An Oscar award winning docu-drama by British filmmaker Peter Watkins, "The War Game" depicts the aftermath of a nuclear attack on an English city. Made for the BBC in 1965, it was originally banned from broadcast in the UK and wasn't shown on television until 1985. Today, over fifty years later, it remains one of the most powerful fictional depictions of nuclear war, and a stark reminder of the worst excesses of human potential.

"The film is the most sickening in the world today and one the public should never see." – Manchester Evening News.

"A warning masterpiece. It may be the most important film ever made. We are always being told that works of art cannot change the course of history. Given wide enough discrimination, I believe this one might ...'The War Game' stirred me at a level deeper than panic or grief... It precisely communicates one man’s vision of disaster, and I cannot think that it is diminished as art because the vision happens to correspond with the facts. Like Michelangelo’s ‘Last Judgement’, it proposes itself as an authentic documentary image of the wrath to come - though Michelangelo was working from data less capable of verification." – Film and theatre critic, The Observer.

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