Battle Of Trafalgar

Despite TV and Mark Saunders

1990, 52:00 minutes, colour, English


Battle Of Trafalgar is a documentary that examines the media coverage of the Poll Tax demonstration come riot that occurred in London England March 1990. It also examines the response of the police and their use of the media.

Despite TV does this by recounting the day's events through live footage of the day and interviews recorded over the following weeks, with demonstrators, lawyers and critics of the media and police tactics. Demonstrators' testimonies raise uncomfortable questions about crowd control, the independence and accountability of the media, and the right to demonstrate. Who stands to gain from the spectacle of a demonstration degenerating into a full scale riot?

Although the Poll Tax has been abolished in name, this unfair basis of taxation will continue until 1994, there is no amnesty for those who have not or could not pay the Poll Tax and millions still face the threat of imprisonment.
Battle Of Trafalgar was screened on Channel 4 on September 1990.

Perspective sur la manifestation du 31 mars 1990 contre la capitation en Grande-Bretagne, diamétralement opposée aux reportages diffusés à la télé. Au lieu de têtes parlantes, du métrage tourné sur le vif servant de toile de fond sur laquelle se greffent des témoignages véridiques - remise en question du rôle des forces de l'ordre, et de l'indépendance et la responsabilité des média.

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