Film Overview: The Coming War on China
Running time: 1hr 53min
Rating: Exempt from Classification
In John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV, The Coming War on China shed lights on an issue missed by mainstream media. Two nuclear armed nations, the US and the world’s second biggest economic power, China, are on the road to war.
Amid The Coming War on China providing a very timely warning, John Pilger also presents an inspiring story of resistance.
While the media has given some attention (and rightly so) to concerns about Russia, what is happening in the Pacific has been ignored. Simmering territorial disputes in the South China Sea are the tip of the iceberg, as the Obama administration has overseen the largest buildup of nuclear arsenal in history. Much of this increase has been directed to the “pivot to Asia”, providing a clear focus from the US on the region. It is clear, that the US is ready to aggressively counter any Chinese aspiration to convert commercial prosperity into regional power.
Pilger provides historical context to what these moves represent, filling in the gaps to the strategic moves being made. Added to this, the recent moves of Donald Trump, encouraging America to consider China the enemy, it seems the buildup to war has no signs of abating any time soon. Overall, Pilger’s film, The Coming War on China, provides a corrective view to the indifference and complacency that has plagued the new war-game scenario building in the Pacific.
Published Articles & Reviews
” It’s dramatic stuff. But is he perhaps over-emphasising the American risk and downplaying the significance of the Chinese build-up in order to make his point?
No, he insists. “The point I make in the film is that one-sided news suppresses the degree of danger we face,” he says. “The fact that China itself is surrounded by US bases, with American ships, missiles and bombers on its doorstep, has been virtually ignored. Once you fill in the whole picture, the pattern is clear. With every American move in the region, China reacts.”
” Pilger’s latest work, The Coming War on China, examines the changing face of China and questions the growing US military presence in the Pacific region. He argues that while China is not a likely threat to America, the military muscle being flexed by the US could prompt conflict.“
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John Pilger & Jim Schembri
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” His take on American militarism and its shocking exploitation of Pacific territories such as the Marshall Islands…. is damning.“
“…Pilger characteristically explores the opposite angle, questioning the ultimate purpose of a whole phalanx of US bases from Australia through the Pacific to South Korea and Japan – all pointing their weaponry at China.”
“This documentary sheds some hope, even if the reality we face could very well be doomed. Pilger is a prevailing light of truth and shows that light exactly.”
“A persuasively partisan example of old-school investigative journalism”
“A gripping film … a strong corrective to our bland and complacent indifference”
“It sounds like alarmist talk, but over the course of his film, his tenacity for research aims to prove it’s anything but.”
“The kind of stark warning we need”
“The first thing I need to say about John Pilger is that he is the reason I am a journalist, for which he has my deep gratitude.”
“A chilling documentary, which in any other year might seem far-fetched. In 2016 however, it is the scariest film of the year. “
John Pilger at the Riverside Theatre
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Friday 10th February - Carlton VICCinema: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton, VICTime: 6:30pm 10th February 2017***Q & A with director John Pilger will follow the screening***
Thursday 16th February - Newtown NSWCinema: Dendy Cinemas, 261-263 King Street, Newtown NSWTime: 16th February 2017***Q & A with director John Pilger will follow the screening***
Wednesday 22nd February - AdelaideCinema: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000Time: 7pm 22nd February 2017
Thursday 23rd February - Rosebud VICCinema: Rosebud Cinema, 30 Rosebud Parade, Rosebud VIC 3939 Time: 23rd February 2017
Thurs 23rd February - Dendy Cinemas CanberraCinema: Dendy Cinemas, Level 2, North Quarter, Canberra Centre 148 Bunda Street Time: 23rd February 2017***Q & A with director John Pilger will follow the screening***
Sunday 26th February - New Farm Cinema BrisbaneCinema: New Farm Six Cinema, 701 Brunswick St New Farm, QLD 4005 Time: 4.30pm 26th February 2017
Sunday 26th February - AdelaideCinema: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000Time: 4pm 26th February 2017
Wednesday 1st March - Cremorne NSWCinema: Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Road, Cremorne NSW 2090Time: 6:20pm 1st March 2017***Q & A with director John Pilger will follow the screening***
Friday 3rd March - AdelaideCinema: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000Time: 1pm 3rd March 2017
Sunday 5th March - AdelaideCinema: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000Time: 4:45pm 5th March 2017
Monday 6th March - Parramatta NSWCinema: Raffertys Theatre, Corner Church St & Market St, Parramatta NSWTime: 6pm Monday 6th March 2017***Q & A with director John Pilger will follow the screening***
Thursday 9th March - Northbridge WACinema: Cinema Paradiso, 164 James St Northbridge WA 6003Time: Thursday 9th March 2017
Friday 10th March - AdelaideCinema: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000Time: 11am 10th March 2017
Sunday 12th March - AdelaideCinema: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000Time: 4pm 12th March 2017
Monday 13th March - New Farm Cinema BrisbaneCinema: New Farm Six Cinema, 701 Brunswick St New Farm, QLD 4005Time: 6.30pm 13th March 2017
Friday 17th March - AdelaideCinema: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000Time: 1pm 17th March 2017
Saturday 18th March - Parramatta NSWCinema: Raffertys Theatre, Corner Church St & Market St, Parramatta NSWTime: 7pm Saturday 18th March 2017
Thursday 23rd March - Empire Cinema Bowral NSWCinema: Raffertys Theatre, Corner Church St & Market St, Parramatta NSWTime: 6.30pm Live Q&A
***Q & A with Dr Helen Caldicott will follow the screening***
Sunday 26th March - AdelaideCinema: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000Time: 4pm 26th March 2017
Wednesday 29th March - Byron Bay NSWCinema: Byron Centre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481Time: 6.30pm
Thurday 30th March - Newcastle NSWCinema: Tower Cinemas Newcastle, 183-185 King St Newcastle 2300Time: 6.30pm
Thurday 30th March - Wellington, New ZealandCinema: Lighthouse Cinema, Cuba 29 Wigan St Te Aro.Time: 6.00pm
***Q & A with eminent panel will follow the screening***
Wednesday 5th April - Busselton, WACinema: Orana Cinema 27 Albert St, Busselton WA 6280.Time: 6.15pm
“Since Donald Trump won the US Presidential election there’s been a whole smorgasbord of geopolitical anxieties to keep you awake at night…. But if you do manage to drop off to sleep, finally forgetful of the terror of the near future, the subject of veteran documentary filmmaker John Pilger’s latest film will have you bathed in a cold sweat and bolt upright in no time” – CINEVUE
“A film that has the power to change hearts and minds is always worthy of recognition and John Pilger’s 60th anniversary piece, The Coming War on China, certainly knows no bounds.” – Chloe Sizer – The UpComing, UK
“John Pilger’s 60th film, is a wake-up call… Stopping this nightmare scenario means recognising it. Pilger’s film shows humanity at the edge of a precipice. But it also shows us that we can step back from the brink.” – Ben Chacko – Morning Star, UK
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