Skip to comments.Dirty War [to show on PBS this coming week]
Posted on 02/19/2005 10:26:05 AM PST by TomGuy
In an unprecedented arrangement, three provocative films from Home Box Office will be distributed through PBS for broadcast television following their HBO premiere, announced jointly today by Chris Albrecht, chairman and CEO, Home Box Office, and Pat Mitchell, president and CEO, PBS. In addition, HBO and PBS member station WETA Washington, D.C., will co-produce, along with the Council on Foreign Relations, related panel discussions to follow each film on PBS, featuring leading experts and moderated by noted journalist Jeff Greenfield, to follow each film on PBS.
"These movies address three of the most important issues of the 21st century, including nuclear terrorism, global AIDS and genocide in Africa," said Albrecht. "We are pleased to expand the audience for these extraordinary films by offering them to PBS viewers, and we're proud to help illuminate each subject with discussions by leading experts in those fields."
Noted Mitchell, "PBS' mandate is to foster an engaged, informed citizenry through content that offers insight and sparks meaningful dialogue. These films do just that, and we are pleased to partner with HBO to extend the value of the films through televised panel discussions of these critical global issues. As the nation's largest public service broadcaster, reaching nearly every household in America, we're proud to present these important films on PBS and allow them to reach an even wider audience."
Colin Callender, president of HBO Films, added, "We are always looking for innovative ways to bring HBO Films to a wider audience. Along with our successful ventures into theatrical release, this partnership with PBS is a bold and exciting way of doing that."
The first film, DIRTY WAR, tells the fictional story of a radiological "dirty bomb" attack on central London and debuts Monday, January 24 on HBO. DIRTY WAR is scheduled for Wednesday, February, 23 on PBS. Directed by Dan Percival who wrote the screenplay with Lizzie Mickery, this HBO Films/BBC Films production is based on extensive research by the BBC factual department and asks the questions: Are our emergency services fully prepared for a nuclear attack? How much does the public have a right to know?
The PBS presentation of DIRTY WAR in February will be followed by a half-hour panel discussion with experts in homeland security, emergency preparedness, nuclear weapons and terrorism.
PBS HBO scaremongers, what are you going to do to stop it PBS/HBO.
I know the liberal answer to everything kumbaya and put the shackles of liberal slavery on.
Good idea for a plot but was not impressed with the acting.
IMO will only heighten whatever hysteria and fear there is. I don't think anyone who is not living in a closet is unaware of this possibility. Will watch just to confirm if for nothing else.
Great, more liberal academics discussing something they know nothing about.
PBS is doing this with the Auschwitz documentary they're showing over the next few weeks.
The round table adds NOTHING to the documentary
It was strictly about an attack and its aftermath. It was refreshingly free of any PC message. The jihadis were they bad guys, the cops and fireman were the good guys, the government officials were less than capable.
Pretty real world to me.
That's the beauty of using a DVR. I watched the Auschwitz documentary, then skipped over the talking head's discussion.
It's the only way to watch tv. I wish there was a similar product for talk radio.
I've been looking for "Dirty War" on the BitTorrent indexers without any luck. Glad it's being broadcast on a station I receive over-the-air.
GASP! Too much reality for the simple-minded viewing public!
Seriously, this is much better than the screenwriting crime they perpetrated upon Tom Clancy's The Sum of All Fears, wherein the pali terrorists were transformed into Nazis.
indeed, whilst the film Dirty War will not win any Oscars, it is a far more realistic and therefore frightening rendition of the nuclear bomb scenario in a crowded urban area than even the movie Sum of all Fears which got the Hollywood treatment and I found frustrating in parts, now maybe it was true to the book and my frustration should be directed at Clancy, however
I watched that movie Dirty War and it gave me heebeegeebees, esp as one who has visited London and know what traffic congestion is like on a good day (try being on top of an open double decker bus inhaling bus fumes whilst it takes 30 minutes to get down one street, the one Harrod's is on, name escapes me at present)
esp when they summarized the devastation in London after the fact, things you never think of like London becomes a virtual ghost town....
a good film for emergency preparedness teams to watch, I think, to fuel discussion....
You mean The Religion of Murder.
I didn't want to contradict Our President.
This movie was okay. More of a character study of inept bureaucrats and Islamist terrorist thought patterns than of the true effects of a dirty bomb.
If you have HBO On Demand, you can watch it right now.
The script is a bit speechy, but serviceable, and the performances typically English -- that is to say, good. There are a couple of truly exciting action scenes: One scene where SO19 (Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist special unit) takes down a terrorist suicide team is especially well-filmed -- very realistic, not romanticized at all, just a blunt depiction of bloody violence done in service to the State; another, showing the terrorists actually assembling the dirty bombs, will chill you to the marrow.
Dirty War is not a great movie, but for a TV film it's not bad. (The actress who plays the wife of firefighter Corrigan is also extremely attractive!) Rated R for brief full-frontal female nudity (decontamination shower scenes) and some rough language.
Correction: SO19 is the Firearms Force Squad of the London Metropolitan Police, not of Scotland Yard. Sorry for the mixup.
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