Film Night: 'White Bear' and in conversation with Jamie Bennett

Film Night: 'White Bear' and in conversation with Jamie Bennett

Howard League Scotland
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 20:00

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"White Bear" and conversation with Jamie Bennett. Wednesday 7 December 2022 at 8pm - 9pm

The nights are drawing in! Join us for three evenings of film nights over this winter and early Spring ‘23 focusing on the penal policy issues that Howard League Scotland sees as important .

Films and TV shows often raise, in vivid ways, important issues about punishment and prisons. This short series of film nights on relevant topics is intended to promote awareness of these challenging issues, and to provoke engaging discussions about how they can be addressed, all in a relaxed and informal setting.

‘White Bear’, is an episode of Black Mirror, which is a dystopian television series created by Charlie Brooker which often draws on futuristic science fiction to comment on contemporary issues.  The episode follows Victoria, a woman who does not remember who she is, and who wakes up in a place where almost everybody is controlled by a television signal. Along with some of the few other unaffected people she must stop the "White Bear" transmitter while surviving merciless pursuers.

Jamie Bennett has experience working in prisons in England and Wales at senior levels both as Governor and in national strategy at HMPPS. He is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. Jamie has also written extensively on prisons including on prison films, and he currently edits the Prison Service Journal.

How it works:

For each of these events, those taking part will have seen the film or watched it at a convenient time in advance. Each event will commence with an invited discussant offering their insight and comments on the film, followed by an informal Q&A session with all participants.

The chosen films are all available on popular streaming platforms such as Netflix, BBC or YouTube. "White Bear" (52mins) on YouTube can be accessed using this link.

Joining details for the event (which will take place via Zoom or MS Teams) will be issued 24 hours prior to the event to subscribers.

£10 for non-members (£5 for paid-up members of Howard League Scotland, £2 for student members)
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The monies raised by this event will support the on-going valuable work that Howard League Scotland undertakes.  Book tickets here :