FILM PREVIEW: ‘A Prominent Patient’ (the case of Jan Masaryk) + Q&A with Dagmar Hájková and Mark Cornwall (10/03/2018)

‘Czech diplomat Jan Masaryk tries to overcome his inner demons and relive the dramatic events leading to WWII in Julius Ševčík’s persuasive historical drama about a man who stood up for his betrayed country while feeling betrayed himself. Failing to win British support during the politics of appeasement, Jan Masaryk, Czechoslovak ambassador to London, abandons…

Robin Ashenden | 03/03/2018
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Not Far From the Black Flag – Czech foreign-correspondents Lenka Klicperová and Jarmila Štuková at the Frontline Club


There are those incredible stories which makes us stop for a little while and break off from our daily routines. Such a talk was held on Thursday evening in the Frontline Club, moderated by Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson from Reuters. Her guests were Lenka Klicperová, a journalist and photographer, and Jarmila Štuková, a photographer and filmmaker.…

Anett Gecov | 26/02/2017

Inside Chernobyl’s Mega Tomb: EBRD screening reviewed by the stage-producer of the forthcoming ‘Voices from Chernobyl’

The EBRD’s screening of the documentary about the construction of the New Safe Confinement, the Chernobyl sarcophagus designed to prevent radioactive elements from breaking into the atmosphere for 100 years, marked the recent completion of this ten-year project. While the film celebrated the achievements of engineering – the sarcophagus is the largest construction ever moved…

Liza Ermolenko | 13/02/2017

PREVIEW: Play Poland Film Festival London – 18-26 November 2016

Play Poland Film Festival is back in London, and will taking place from the 18th to 26th of November! For the sixth year running, we’ve come together to bring our audiences refreshing, engaging, artistic, and fun new Polish cinema. This year, we’re bringing Play Poland to Clapham Picturehouse, Picturehouse Central, Hackney Picturehouse, and the Ritzy,…

Robin Ashenden | 02/11/2016

Night in The Garden of the Heavenly Hundred: a Meeting with Modern Ukraine

By the time Evgeniya Kuleba comes to meet us in The Heavenly Hundred Garden in central Kiev, night has fallen. Despite the first signs of spring, an icy wind has pushed the temperature down to -5 Celsius. Two years after the Maidan Revolution of 2014, that many refer to as the Revolution of Dignity, the…

Nick Barlay | 02/04/2016
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14th KINOTEKA FILM FESTIVAL 2016 – 7th to 28th April

The 14th KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival returns to the capital this April with an exciting programme bringing together a diverse and enticing mix of film, music, visual arts and design with screenings, both contemporary and retrospective, as well as documentary and silent cinema, interactive workshops, industry masterclasses, exhibitions, live performances and special guests…. As previously…

Robin Ashenden | 17/03/2016

The Destruction of Truth: the Donbass Region and Old Bucharest, by Rachel Nicholson

‘Since it is 25 years since the end of communism, we have decided to talk about the end of communism,’ began Oliver Bullough in his introduction to Frontline Club’s event on Wednesday February 24th. Onstage with him were two writers, Peter Pomerantsev and Philip Ó Ceallaigh, recently featured in Granta magazine’s newest issue ‘No Man’s…

Rachel Nicholson | 01/03/2016
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‘Europe’s New Headache?’ Polish Law and Justice comes to Chatham House, by Olenka Hamilton

Since its election in October 2015, Poland’s new government has been criticised by many in the media as nationalistic, eurosceptic and right-wing. The Economist has called it ‘far right’, branding Poland ‘Europe’s new headache’. Within days of winning the elections, the Law and Justice Party (PiS) tightened its grip on the judiciary, the security services…

Olenka Hamilton | 22/02/2016

Czech Band Čankišou: ‘Supay’ (2015) reviewed by Ian Mole


Czech band Čankišou formed at a Christmas party in 1998 and have since then released six albums. Their work’s fuelled by the legend of the ancient one-legged Čanki nation and they sing not in their native Czech but in an artificial language called Canki. The theme of Supay, their most recent album, is the struggle…

Ian Mole | 19/01/2016