The War Game
Censored for 20 years by the BBC, The War Game is a harrowing portrayal of the aftermath of a
Watkins weaves together interviews, Civil Defence documents, scientific studies and accounts of the effects of historical nonnuclear devastation. He embeds these into his own imagined scenario of a blast in Kent following the escalation of an East West conflict. A bonafide and radical Fact or Fiction classic.
Peter Watkins is a pioneer of the docu-drama with his work typified by a combined use of fictional and documentary elements to dissect historical or possible near future events. Creating films that have become crucial to our critical understanding of mass media, the censorship and controversy arising from adverse reactions to The War Game in 1965 forced him into self-imposed exile from the UK.
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