Lectures and readings

Shooting the Darkness Screening

Jan 18 2020
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Queen's Film Theatre, 20 University Square, Belfast, County Antrim,
T: (028) 9097 1097
E: qftmanager@qub.ac.uk

Shooting the Darkness is a film about the men who became war photographers in their own home towns.

Shooting the Darkness is a film about the men who unwittingly became war photographers on the streets of their own towns.

They did not leave home in search of war and adventure: the violence erupted around them. They expected a career of wedding photography and beauty pageants and instead the images they produced during the worst years of the Troubles would come to define that conflict. The press photographer deals in single images that must distill story, character and context into a single frame. In the days before digital, a single click of the shutter at the right moment was all that mattered. As the complexity of those days fades from memory we are left with the images.

The film features photographers Alan Lewis, Paul Faith, Stanley Matchett, Hugh Russell, Trevor Dickson, Crispin Rodwell and Martin Nangle.

Shooting the Darkness was directed by Tom Burke and produced by Thomas Kelly.

This is its first public screening in Northern Ireland. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Tom Burke and a number of the photographers.

Screening time: 16:00