Sean McAllister: News archive

May, 2013 ⇒ Sean's short film about the working poor entitled 'Peas and Paypackets' was broadcast Wednesday 22 May at 11:05pm on BBC1 (North) as part of the Living With Poverty series.

September, 2012 ⇒ 'The Reluctant Revolutionary' won the Special Jury Prize in the 'International Doc Film Competition' section of the 2012 Batumi International Art-House Film Festival.

August, 2012 ⇒ The Reluctant Revolutionary won the 'Audience Award' at EBS International Documentary Festival in Seoul. This award is awarded to the documentary among the nominees in the EIDF 2012 main competition that receives the highest scores over the online voting system and the audience (TV, Theater) response rating.

August, 2012 ⇒ The Reluctant Revolutionary has a screening at the Irish Film Institue on Saturday the 18th, and will be broadcast on TV in Korea on the 21st, 23:30 PM (Seoul time).

July 29, 2012 ⇒ All of Sean's films (except 'Working For The Enemy' for copyight reasons) are now available to download direct from the website.

June 30, 2012 ⇒ It is announced that - The Reluctant Revolutionary will have its US première on the 2nd of August at the Traverse City Film Festival. Traverse was founded by film maker Michael Moore.

April 19, 2012 ⇒ Sean flies out to Greece to look for a new film.

10pm, Monday March 19th, 2012 ⇒'The Reluctant Revolutionary' receives its world television première on BBC Four as part of the Storyville strand.

February 10, 2012 ⇒ Seans' documentary filmed in The Republic of Yemen, 'The Reluctant Revolutionary', received its world première at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

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Sean McAllister is interviewed on C4 News

Following Sean's release and deportation from Syria several news articles appeared in the traditional and electronic media; here are links to some of them - November 3, 2011 Channel 4 News | October 31, 2011 CNN Anderson Cooper | October 31, 2011 Mobiledia | October 28, 2011 Toronto Star | October 26, 2011 The Telegraph | October 26, 2011 Daily Mail | October 25, 2011 The Lede (New York Times blog) | October 25, 2011 Channel 4 News

October 20, 2011 ⇒ Sean is deported from Syria.

October 14, 2011 ⇒ Sean is arrested in Syria.

July 13, 2010 7:00pm ⇒ The DocHouse welcomes directors Sean McAllister and Jez Lewis in discussion after the double bill of their films.

Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 9RL
Box office: 020 8237 1111 /
Tickets £7.50/£6.50 (concs)

February 25, 2010 ⇒ Sean starts a new blog at

June 19, 2009 'Japan: A Story of Love and Hate' found on YouTube by mr rudeforth. According to the 'page info' it was uploaded on 18th April 2009. The video was removed due to terms of use violation, But not by us.

April 17, 2009 7:00pm ⇒ The Frontline Club. "As part of our successful 'Presents' strand, award-winning director Sean McAllister will introduce his 1998 documentary The Minders and take part in a post screening Q&A. Tickets £10 - To book for this event please call reservations on 020 7479 8940 or email".

March 30, 2009 9:00pm ⇒ 'Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate' received it's UK broadcast première as part of the BBC4 'Hidden Japan' series on Monday 30th March at 9pm, and was repeated at 11:40pm on the same evening.

The Guardian 28/03/09 - "Initially planning to make a documentary on Tokyo, Sean McAllister ended up going to the village of Yamagata to meet Naoki, a former bomb-throwing anarchist and successful entrepreneur until the economic crash of 1992 and now a postal worker. This charismatic rebel is used to illustrate the crushing obedience of Japanese culture and the myth of the perfection of the materialistic life. "This is a part of Japan," says Naoki, among the country's new poor with his girlfriend Yoshie, who words as an escort to married men. In being a portrait of couple as well as the impossible pressure of Japanese culture, McAllister's film is compelling." © Will Hodgkinson

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