War Book + Politics and Persuasion panel
Sunday, August 9, 2015, | Picturehouse Central, 20-24 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7DH | Tickets: here
This film and discussion event will explore the process of decision making from scientific, social and political perspectives. A special preview screening of British feature WAR BOOK will be followed by discussion with a panel of experts in psychology, psychoanalytical theory and politics, looking at how decisions are made and the impact that group and social dynamics bring to bear.
WAR BOOK | Dir: Tom Harper. UK. 2014. 95mins
A chilling war game between a group of government officials exposes the fragility of our everyday life and those who govern it.
Written by Jack Thorne, directed by Tom Harper and starring Adeel Akhtar, Nicholas Burns, Ben Chaplin, Shaun Evans, Kerry Fox, Phoebe Fox, Sophie Okonedo, Antony Sher and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, WAR BOOK takes place over three days as nine civil servants gather to take part in a policy shaping scenario. They are there to take decisions on Britain’s reaction to an international nuclear attack. Only two participants know the truth – that the country is secretly facing a real nuclear threat, and that their theoretical responses may become reality sooner than they can know.
At first the participants are casual, playing out the scenario against a backdrop of their own petty squabbles and personal ambitions, but as the scenario escalates and the group begins to address the breakdown of civil order, the reality that they are deciding our futures dawns. When personal politics crash irrevocably into the room, each is forced to look closely at what they really believe, and how much their decisions are actually worth.