The War Game

Saturday 26th September / 5PM @ The Maltings Theatre & Cinema

Censored for 20 years by the BBC, The War Game is a harrowing portrayal of the aftermath of a nuclear war. Watkins weaves together interviews, Civil Defence documents, scientific studies, and accounts of the effects of historical non-nuclear devastation. He embeds these into his own imagined scenario of a blast in Kent following the escalation of an East-West conflict. A bonafide and radical Fact or Fiction classic.


Screening with The Dud Effect


Oscar - Best Documentary Feature, 1967

BAFTA - Best Short Film and UN Award, 1967

Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films 1967 - Golden Mikeldi Award

Venice Film Festival 1966 - Special Prize Award



Cast: Michael Aspel, Peter Graham, Kathy Staff

Director of Photography: Peter Bartlett

Editor: Michael Bradsell

Peter Watkins is a pioneer of the docu-drama with his work typified by a combined use of fictional and documentary elements to dissect historical or possible near future events. Creating films that have become crucial to our critical understanding of mass media, the censorship and controversy arising from adverse reactions to The War Game in 1965 forced him into self imposed exile from the UK.
Selected Filmography

La Commune (Paris, 1871), 2000

Evening Land, 1977

Edvard Munch, 1974

Punishment Park, 1971

Privilege, 1967

Culloden, 1964


BFI/Performers’ Alliance


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Artist Peter Watkins Country UK Year 1965 Duration 48 minutes