The Times has unveiled the seventh instalment in its Unquiet Film Series this time documenting the kidnapping and return of foreign correspondent Anthony Loyd and photographer Jack Hill in May of this year.
‘Bearing Witness’ tells Loyd and Hill’s story through their eyes and explores the battle between the growing trend for citizen journalism in areas of conflict versus independent, professional reporting and the endeavour for objective coverage in hostile environments.
Emma Tucker, deputy editor of The Times, commented: “War reporting shines a light on atrocities, which can help curtail the excesses of brutal regimes and make the international community take notice.
“Now, when it is sadly an increasingly dangerous time for war correspondents to operate in the field, and their neutrality is no longer enough to protect them, it is vital to understand the work that they do. Our correspondents Anthony Loyd and Jack Hill are expertly placed to describe the reality of reporting from war zones. We are proud to work with Unquiet Films to tell their story.”
Created as part of collaboration between News UK, Team News, Grey London, Besty Works and creative and commercials director, Phil Lind, The Unquiet Film Series celebrates the historical and cultural impact of The Times and The Sunday Times.
Of the ‘Bearing Witness’ film, director Lind said: ““Filming with Anthony and Jack opened a window into a world that I did not expect. Their openness to discussing their kidnap ordeal was not only fascinating but also an incredibly sobering experience not just for me but also for the entire crew. To understand that they were actually lucky to survive their incredibly violent abduction and that they both now remain firmly committed to continuing to report from war zones for The Times is truly remarkable to me.
“I also got to hear from those that were back in HQ in Emma Tucker and Suzy Jagger, trying to track, monitor and support from afar. However big the organisation backing you, everyday split second decisions are only made by a handful of people and in Bearing Witness I have been allowed to shine a light on their world.”
More films from The Unquiet Film Series are due for release later this year.