DocHouse: Our Nixon + Q&A
Found footage lends a different lens to view Watergate through
In 1972, a burglary at the Democratic National Committee HQ in Washington DC occurred. This became known as the Watergate scandal, an attempt to wiretap the Democratic party and the cause of President Nixon's resignation. Throughout Nixon's presidency three young, ambitious, and idealistic aides filmed their experiences on Super 8 cameras. This footage was later seized as evidence and forgotten about for almost 40 years. It's with this documentation, and TV and audio archives, that director Penny Lane pieces together an extraordinary story. An audience with Paul Mitchell (director of BBC series Watergate) and Iwan Morgan (UCL Professor of US Studies and American History) follows the film. General admission. Over 18s only.
"...a tone of dawning tragedy...sneaking into even the most innocuous of visual records."