The Times and The Sunday Times collaborated on a unique project, The Unquiet Film Series, dedicated to the history of newspapers development in the UK. The retrospective is developed by Grey London and production company Betsy Works to reveal the secrets and ethos of the Britain’s newspaper giants.
Based on the 229 years of archive material, the two quality and oldest newspapers in the country are revealing the milestones in the printed press domain. It is the first time the two of the most respectful newspapers of the UK—The Times (est. 1785) and The Sunday Times (est. 1822)—have come up together on such a project and let the researchers delve into its archives to discover the values, beliefs and behaviors of past and present editors, journalists and readers for a video project.
The series will include nine installments, revealing impressive facts about the newswriting art and business—six of the short films are already available on the site with three more to arrive soon. The installments are presented by people from the industry, who know it perfectly and did a lot to contribute to its development. For instance, the sixth of the films, Bringing The World To Britain, is narrated by multi-award winning foreign correspondent Christina Lamb OBE, who has won Young Journalist of the Year in 1988, being one of the first women working in Pakistan and Afghanistan before the war conflicts broke out.
The themes covered in this series are “The power of words,” “Question Everything,” “Times New Roman,” “Photojournalism,” “Cultural Impact,” “Bringing the World to Britain,” “Adventurous Spirit,” “The Art of Satire,” and “Uncomfortable Truths.” Currently, the site doesn’t say when the three remaining installments arrive.
“We decided it was time to showcase just what the best journalists do… the real lives, real struggles, real bravery behind the newspaper stories that change the course of history,” says the description of the project.. “It’s all very well to boast that The Times and the Sunday Times strive to speak truth to power, without fear or favour and to report the truth, whatever the cost. But too often exactly what that takes—the death threats to reporters, the legal battles, the toughness and integrity it takes to get the article on the page—gets lost in the telling.”