The “Unofficial Leveson Film Festival” featuring a series of cult screenings, is running in East London for one more week. The third and final film of the series, “Outfoxed”, will be presented On Wednesday 21st November, at 71a gallery on Leonard st, London EC2A. Get your tickets here and have a free beer afterwards.
Former Murdoch employee, John Brissenden will introduce the film which examines how the American news channel, Fox, owned by News Corporation, misleads the public.
The festival is organised by The Church of London, a creative agency, in collaboration with Media Reform, advocates for a democratic media, and the campaign for Real Journalism.
Last week’s show: Page One: inside the New York Times, was presented by Angela Phillips, chair of Media Reform Ethics Committee, founder of EastLondonLines and head of journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London. Phillips told ELL: “Lord Leveson is looking into the ethics of the Press but we need also to worry about the survival of high quality journalism. This documentary is about how one of the most famous newspapers in the world is coping in the Internet era. If we care about democracy we need to take care of good journalism.”
The opening film Samuel Fuller’s “Park Row” was presented by Rich Peppiatt former Daily Star reporter, who rose to fame when his letter of resignation (both hilarious and appalling) to his the proprietor of the Daily Express, Richard Desmond, was published in the Guardian. Peppiatt, who gave evidence to the Leveson inquiry on press standards, is now involved in the campaign for better press regulation.
He told EastLondonLines: “People should care about Leveson because I suppose we can all become the centre of a media storm. Currently, your life and reputation can be destroyed by a newspaper.
“Leveson in a broader sense is about making our press more democratic. Park Row is one of the greatest journalism films of all time. It shows journalism in its best and worst light.”