Radical Broadcasts: Revolution in the Revolution

  • Big Words…Small Worlds, 1987_Web

    Big Words…Small Worlds, 1987

Past Event

This event was on Sat 5 May, 1.30pm – 6pm

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1968 radical uprising across Europe, the Whitechapel Gallery presents Radical Broadcasts: Theory On TV, an archive television season which brings together an exciting and provocative combination of documentary, archive footage and drama. It draws attention to an era of British television where public intellectuals and provocative ideas were never far from our screens.

The Radical Broadcasts: Theory On TV season continues apace with this screening of three ultra-rare documentaries. John Berger’s essay film Parting Shots From Animals (1980) looks at humans – and their gradually increasing solitary confinement – from the perspective of animals. The Idea of Empire (1993) features Edward Said talking about his book Culture and Imperialism and explains how the attitudes forged over the last 200 years continue to enforce the relationship between the west and the developing world. Finally, Big Words, Small Worlds (1987) is a wry account of David Lodge grappling with the ongoing wars between the worlds of traditional literature and the import of outrageous critical thinking from France.

Scholar Vana Goblot will join Matthew Harle and Colm McAuliffe in conversation.

Radical Broadcasts: Theory On TV continues throughout May 2018. Details of other screenings here.

Read Stuart Jeffries Guardian article here: Thinking outside the box: the sad demise of radical TV

Curated by Matthew Harle and Colm McAuliffe. In association with Verso Books.

** Due to unforeseen circumstances, Stuart Jeffries is unfortunately no longer able to take part in this event.


1.30 Introduction

Parting Shots from Animals

The Idea of Empire

Total: 2hrs 07 mins


Tea and coffee break


Big Words, Small Worlds

Panel discussion with Colm McAuliffe and Vana Goblot

About Matthew Harle

Matthew Harle is a writer, researcher and archive curator of the Barbican Centre. His book, Afterlives of Abandoned Work, is being published by Bloomsbury in Spring 2018.

About Colm McAuliffe

Colm McAuliffe is a writer, curator and academic based in London. He has worked as an arts practitioner with Arts Council England, BBC Radio, Anthology Film Archives, British Film Institute, Live Cinema UK, Cork Film Festival and his writing has appeared in The Guardian, Sight and Sound, New Statesman, frieze and many more.

About Vana Goblot

Vana Goblot is Associate Lecturer in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths and a Research Associate on A Future for Public Service Television: Content and Platforms in a Digital World. She is the co-editor of A Future for Public Service Television (MIT Press, May 2018).