Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime

Film Screening and Discussion

May/
Wed 25 May 2016

Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime

Film Screening and Discussion

Wed 25 May 2016,

Thalidomide promised to be a wonder drug. Developed on concentration camp victims by the Germans in World War Two to counter the effects of sarin gas, the drug was prescribed by British doctors to help with morning sickness, and led to tens of thousands of children born with severe disabilities. Harold Evans, the crusading newspaper editor of the Sunday Times, overcame cover-ups and worked around British laws preventing public discussion of the scandal to launch a moral campaign in the early 1970s that highlighted Distillers’ disregard for the catastrophic human cost. Evans is one of the heroes of this film and the campaign, and so are the brave parents and children. The film is also a tribute to old-school investigative journalism.

From Jacqui Morris and David Morris, makers of Bafta-nominated McCullin.

Following the screening, Franny Armstrong (Spanner Films), Alon Aviram (Bristol Cable) and journalist and author Phil Chamberlain will debate the film and the future of investigative journalism. Chaired by Andrew Kelly (Bristol Festival of Ideas).

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