A talk with James Brabazon, award-winning film maker, and author of the explosive new Canongate book My Friend the Mercenary. Brabazon will be in conversation with Siobhan Sinnerton, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for News and Current Affairs.
Book now to question Brabazon on his role in the coup in Equatorial Guinea and his friendship with the notorious mercenary Nick du Toit. He will also be talking about his own journey into the Liberian civil war, where he frequently worked in partnership with Tim Hetherington, when the two friends were the only journalists to film from behind enemy lines.
Siobhan Sinnerton has known Brabazon for the last four years, working with him on Channel 4’s Unreported World. Sinnerton has also filmed in hostile environments, and even more stressful, has been the series editor on the other end of the phone waiting for Brabazon to check in when he has been away.
Brabazon’s book is compelling addition to the canon of war reporting, and is rightly admired by two of its finest exponents:
“An outstanding memoir about the power of friendship in the morally complex theatre of war. James Brabazon is a fearless reporter and a brutally honest narrator.”
“James Brabazon has written a fully adrenalized book about civil war, mercenaries and the tiny margins by which fate determines the course of one’s life. He is not only a beautiful writer but an incredibly brave reporter.”
See also the Observer 13 June by Tracy McVeigh
The book includes images by Tim Hetherington and details much of the work Brabazon and Hetherington did together in Liberia.
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£8 - all others
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