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Cinema for Syria: A Private War



Leighton House Museum and the Hands Up Foundation proudly present a collection of films made by a young generation of Syrian filmmakers. The programme, curated by award-winning director Soudade Kaadan, is an enchanted journey showcasing the talents of Syrian filmmakers despite the challenges they face in a country shattered by a violent conflict.

All monies raise go to the Hands Up Foundation to support our work funding aid projects for those affected by the conflict in Syria. For information where the monies go, please click here.

Guest Speaker
Paul Conroy – Photographer
Paul is a British freelance photographer and filmmaker who works in the British media. A former soldier with the Royal Artillery between 1980 and 1987, he has since worked extensively as a journalist in combat zones, producing footage from conflicts in the Balkans, the Middle East, and Libya. In 2011, he was shortlisted for the PRX Bayeux TV report along with Marie Colvin, a war correspondent with The Sunday Times.

Screening of the film A Private War – Director Matthew Heineman – 110 min*
*Rating: 16 and above

Synopsis of the film
In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London’s elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she’s witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her — along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) — to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. Written by Aviron Pictures

You can watch the trailer of the film here.

Venue rules
Doors open at 6.30 pm: Complimentary drink on arrival, and the opportunity to explore this unique studio-house of artist, traveller and collector Frederic, Lord Leighton.
Film screenings start at 7pm, in the beautiful and atmospheric artist’s studio space.

  • Please note that to avoid disruption, latecomers will not be permitted entry after 7 pm.
  • Drinks and food are not permitted in the studio space.
  • Tickets are non-refundable unless bought for a group of 4 or 10 and cancelled up to 48 hours before the screening date.
  • Regrettably there is no step-free, or wheelchair access at the venue. For more information on Leighton House Museum accessibility please click here.
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