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Dan Carrier’s movie news: Risk – a portrait of Julian Assange; London Screen Archives’ special dementia event

29 June, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in Laura Poitras’s film Risk

• The always brilliant film company Dogwoof has its latest release out this week. Risk is the culmination of a seven-year project by film-maker Laura Poitras, offering an insider’s looks at Wikileaks – and, of course, the public face of the organisation, Julian Assange.

Poitras brings a careful sensibility to the film, treating the viewer with intelligence, allowing them to see the evidence in front of them and judge for themselves – nothing is forced here. Wikileaks may have done a lot of good, and it may have caused some harm, but whatever you feel about it, it’s worth remembering that Assange isn’t Wikileaks, nor is Wikileaks Assange.

It covers, of course, the allegations of rape that have seen Assange holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Poitras was behind the Edward Snowden documentary, Citizen Four, and returns to similar themes here.

• Word reaches Review that the fantastic film heritage charity London Screen Archives is hosting a special event for people in Islington who are living with dementia. Called London: A Bigger Picture, the screening programme is divided into two sections, covering topics such as childhood, work and sport, using archive footage of scenes from around London. It also includes interactive sessions and is free.

Their blurb says: “The Reminiscence Screenings are an excellent opportunity for carers and people living with dementia to share stories and be entertained in a relaxed and safe environment.”
The Dementia-Friendly Screening is on Saturday July 15, 1.30-3pm, at St Stephen’s Church Community Centre, 17 Canonbury Road, N1 2DF, and is free.


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