Cavanna, He Was Charlie

Directed by: Denis Robert & Nina Robert
91 minutes
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 1
Sat 3rd Oct 21:40
Premiere Screening

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 2
Sun 4th Oct 11:05
2nd Screening

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François Cavanna was one of the two founders of Charlie Hebdo and Hara Kiri. His books, articles and essays inspired, entertained and amused thousands. Whilst reading Cavanna’s work many felt as though they had found a kindred spirit who dared to say what they would not. His work was at times controversial and was frequently banned, but Cavanna always sought a way to fight back and did so with satire. Censorship spurred him on to criticize those in power in an attempt to ‘shake up society’ and provoke change. ‘Cavanna’ makes use of a conventional documentary format whereby a series of interviews give us great insight into the life and work of the artist. Montages of past publications saunter across sections and grab you with their shocking headlines and colourful caricatures. Moments of archived footage presents Cavanna is his hay day, impassioned, charismatic and championing his cause his freedom of speech. After the events of January 2015, this documentary makes an important assertion that free speech can spark controversy but also conversation. ‘Je Suis Charlie’ took the world by storm and as this documentary explains, we have Cavanna to thank for that. The Institut Français du Royaume-Uni supports the presence of the talents.
Original Title
Jusqu'à l'ultime seconde j'écrirai
91 min
Denis Robert
Nina Robert
Betrand Faivre
Denis Robert
Nina Robert
Nina Robert
Nina Robert
François Cavanna
Screening Status
International Premiere