Join The Second Floor (T2F) for a screening of Sidney Lumet’s Network, a razor sharp satire of ‘trash TV’, that seems to grow more relevant with each passing year.
Network (1976) is director Sidney Lumet’s brilliant criticism of the hollow, lurid wasteland of television journalism where entertainment value and short-term ratings are more crucial than quality. Paddy Chayefsky’s black, prophetic, satirical commentary/criticism of corporate evil (in the tabloid-tainted television industry) is an insightful indictment of the rabid desire for ratings. Indignation toward the network executives by an unbalanced news-anchorman is manipulated by a ruthless VP programming boss for further ratings. One of the film’s posters correctly proclaimed: “Television will never be the same.”
The film had a total of 10 Academy Award nominations with four wins. 5 cast members were nominated for Oscars and three won. Best Actor was posthumously awarded to Peter Finch, Best Actress was awarded to Faye Dunaway, and Best Supporting Actress was awarded to Beatrice Straight. Only A Streetcar Named Desire had as many Academy Awards for acting. The fourth win was for Chayefsky’s Best Screenplay.
- Director: Sidney Lumet
- Producers: Howard Gottfried, Fred C. Caruso
- Writer: Paddy Chayefsky
- Narrator: Lee Richardson
- Starring: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall
- Running Time: 121 minutes
Mind Your Media is a project of the Pakistan Coalition for Ethical Journalism and PeaceNiche. The initiative’s debate and lecture series will bring together decision makers at top news organisations, journalists and activists to explore the media landscape and the ethical challenges faced by the news media in Pakistan.
Date: Wednesday, 5th February, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi