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The Militant Image

The Militant Image: Red Line

25 Nov 2011

Film screening: José Filipe Costa's 'Red Line', a documentary about the making of 1975 film 'Torre Bela' by Thomas Harlan.

Film screening: José Filipe Costa’s Red Line, a documentary about the making of 1975 film Torre Bela by Thomas Harlan. The film will be introduced by Ros Gray, Goldsmiths College, and the director José Filipe Costa and is followed by a discussion and Q&A

Film Synopsis: Thomas Harlan’s 1975 film Torre Bela documented the occupation by impoverished workers of Torre Bela, a vast hunting estate owned by one of Portugal’s aristocratic families, during the tumultuous period that followed the Carnation Revolution. Harlan’s film captured with startling immediacy and ambiguity a process in which peasant-workers, many of whom were illiterate, seized the palace and formed a co-operative. José Filipe Costa’s documentary Red Line explores how the film Torre Bela, which has become synonymous with the radical potential of the Carnation Revolution, did not merely record this moment of political upheaval. Instead the presence of the film crew, and the making of the film, became critical to the forging of the event.

This event runs from 6:30 – 9pm

Book online:

EVENT PASS for ‘Red Line’: BOOK ONLINE HERE £5 (£3 concs) + booking fee


For enquiries call 020 7749 1240 or email bookings@rivingtonplace.org to reserve your place.

CONCESSIONS: For a concessionary rate (students, over 60s, unemployed) enter  the code: Iniva_concession on eventbrite for a discounted rate. NB. please print out your ticket (and present proof of concession) when you arrive at Rivington Place.