Here’s our regularly-updated selection of films that may be of use to news editors and journalists in covering important anniversaries, contextualising current events or illustrating trending topics.
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
With the release of Quentin Tarantino’s new film, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, take a look back at the real events surrounding the murder of
Sharon Tate by the ‘Manson Family’, a cult surrounding Charles Manson.
Tension in Kashmir
With India stripping Kashmir of special status, threatening conflict to be re-invigorated in the region, take a look back at this film from 1965, the year in which Pakistan and India last fought eachother over the
14 August marks the 50th Anniversary of the start of Operation Banner, the deployment of the British Army in Northern Ireland. It was one of the longest continuous deployments in British military history, ending on 31 July 2007. This collection examines Northern Ireland’s troubled history.
Pakistan Gains Independence
On 14 August 1947, Pakistan gained independence, following the Pakistan Movement. Muhammad Ali Jinnah was sworn in as the 1st Governor-General of Pakistan. These films look back at the formation of the new nation.
India Gains Independence
On 15 August 1947, India gained independence from Britain. Some parts of the country had been under British administration, control or influence for 190 years. These films look back at the transfer of power.
The Anglo-Afghan Treaty
On 15 August 1945, Japan’s surrender was announced, and Allied nations celebrated VJ day. Japan signed a peace treaty on 2nd September 1945, which officially ended WW2. These films explore Japan’s surrender and the celebrations.
Balloon Across the Atlantic
The Double Eagle II, piloted by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman, became the first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean on
17 August 1978. The crossing took 137 hours and 6 minutes. These films look back at the crossing.
‘The Hardest Day’
18 August is recognised as ‘The Hardest Day’ during the Battle of Britain, with the Luftwaffe and RAF losing more aircraft combined on this day than any other during the campaign. These films look back at the struggle for Britain’s skies during WW2.
The 19th Amendment
On 18 August 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by President Woodrow Wilson, prohibiting states from denying citizens the vote on the basis of sex. These films examine changing roles for women in the U.S. before 1920.
The Fall of Falaise
21 August marks the 75th Anniversary of the Allied capture of Falaise during WW2. These films look back at this important moment in the Normandy Campaign.
Hawaii Becomes the 50th U.S. State
21 August also marks the 60th Anniversary of Hawaii joining the Union, becoming the 50th U.S. State. These films look back at its entry into the Union and first elections.
The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
23 August marks the 80th Anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop, or Nazi-Soviet Pact. It provided a written guarantee of peace between Germany and the USSR. The Pact was effective until the German invasion of the USSR, Operation Barbarossa, on 22 June 1941.
Paris Is Liberated
25 August marks the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris by the Allies during WW2. The country had been occupied by Nazi Germany since the Compiégne Armistice on 22 June 1940.
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