5 speakers 15 minutes each
Thu 9th Feb 2017
Power of Film & Moving Image
Royal Institution of G.B.
9am - 5.30pm
Michael Gunton works for BBC Worldwide and the BBC as Creative Director of Factual and the Natural History Unit. His work within the Natural History Unit has seen him establish the ‘People and Animals’ output, run the Natural World strand and oversee over 120 wildlife films including Yellowstone to Life, Africa and Life Story. Michael’s most recent series is the record breaking Planet Earth II, which has reached audiences of over 15m in the UK.
Christiane Amanpour is CNN's chief international correspondent and anchor of the network's award-winning, flagship global affairs programme Amanpour. She has documented the bloody violence which has marked Iraq's recent history and exposed the brutality of the Bosnian War during the siege of Sarajevo. Amanpour has also secured exclusive interviews with global power players, including Tony Blair, Colonel Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak, Hassan Rouhani and Dilma Rousseff. She is an active rights campaigner, an honorary citizen of Sarajevo, and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of the Press and the Safety of Journalists.
Melvyn Bragg began his broadcasting career at the BBC in 1961. He has written several award-winning novels – The Soldier’s Return, The Maid of Buttermere, Remember Me and most recently Now Is The Time. His non-fiction work includes The Impact of The King James Bible. He has edited and presented The South Bank Show for the last 39 years and chairs In Our Time on BBC Radio 4
Will Self began writing fiction after graduating from Oxford University, and worked as a cartoonist for the New Statesman and the London listings magazine City Limits. In 1993 he was chosen as one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’, and his fiction includes the short-story collection The Quantity Theory of Insanity (which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize), and novels such as How the Dead Live, Cock and Bull and Umbrella. His non-fiction includes Perfidious Man, featuring photographs by David Gamble, and collections of his journalism such as Junk Mail and Feeding Frenzy. In 2002 he took part in a “reality art” project in a one-bedroom flat on the twentieth floor of a Liverpool tower block, writing a short piece of fiction whilst being watched by the public. He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio, and contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines, writing on various topics including architecture and psychogeography. His most recent novel is Shark.
Mariella Frostrup is a writer and broadcaster, currently best known as presenter of Radio 4’s long-running weekly programme Open Book. Her weekly dilemma column, 'Dear Mariella' has been running in the Observer for 10 years, and she writes regularly for other other newspapers and magazines. Mariella is passionate and knowledgeable about the arts, including film, literature, music and popular culture, as well as politics and current affairs, and over her career has interviewed many famous figures from Paul McCartney to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Susan Sarandon to Nick Clegg. Mariella is a Trustee of The Great Initiative, a charity which promotes gender equality.
Germaine Greer is a world-renowned feminist, intellectual and orator. She is the author of a number of influential books including The Female Eunuch, Slip-Shod Sibyls and The Whole Woman. She was a special lecturer at Newnham College Cambridge and Professor of English and Comparative Studies at Warwick University. Her television appearances include The Late Review, Have I Got News for You, Angry Old Women and, controversially, Celebrity Big Brother.