With the fate of the BBC broadcast of the film still uncertain Frontline, London’s celebrated media club, stepped in to host the worldwide premiere of the The Great European Disaster Movie, to a packed hall on January 23.

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In the Q&A which followed director Annalisa Piras discussed the ‘impossible challenge’ of having the film broadcast in eight different European countries and explained her choice to mix hard fact with dystopian fiction. She said: “The attempt was to experiment a little bit with fiction, with graphics, with other elements in trying to make very complex issues such as the European Union crisis available possibly to a wider public than the one normally interested in reading The Economist or the Financial Times.”

Challenged by some in the audience about the openly pro-European tone of the film, which depicts the European project as sleepwalking towards disaster but worth saving, Piras said: “What interested me was to make a provocation… To make it entertaining, to make it scary, to push people to think about this scenario. The tragedy about the current debate is that this [apocalyptic] scenario is never evoked”.


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