This update contains a bit of a rarity and will begin the updates of 2019! In 2005 while filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Angelina did a cameo in the mockumentary Confessions of an Action Star. Her part is very small and is in 3 short parts and we made a compilation with them. This movie was first under the name Sledge: The Untold Story and you can read more about the project here and view clips in the video archive.
We have added the new ‘BBC Radio 4: Today’ radio program with Angelina from December 28th and we have also added her previous appearances on the BBC Radio 4: Woman’s Hour show from 2016 and 2014. You can listen to them on the audio page in the media archive as well as view photos from the interview in the gallery!
This will be our last update for the year so we will take the chance to wish you a Happy New Year and thanks for your support and for coming back and visiting the site!
One more new project for Angelina and we are very excited! She will be executive producer for a BBC news show for children! If everything goes as planned it will begin airing in 2019 and it’s called “Our World“.
Beginning as a 10-episode trial, ‘Our World’ will be aimed at promoting global media literacy among children aged 7-12.
Angelina Jolie has joined an upcoming BBC current affairs show for children set to land in 2019.
Our World, which Jolie will executive produce, will begin as a 10-episode weekly program aimed at promoting global media literacy among children aged 7-12. According to BBC-commissioned U.K. research, seven is the age that children become aware of the news and 12.6 is the average age a U.S. child signs up for a social media account, so the time between “represents a window to instill in children the value of asking questions and a chance to develop critical thinking.”
“There has never been a time when it was more important to introduce the next generation to objective, impartial news and factual explanation of the events and issues shaping our world,” said Jolie. “Children today are exposed to a lot of opinion, but not necessarily to information that is fact-based and reliable.”
Jolie added: “As a mother, I am very pleased that the BBC World Service is taking this step. It is also important to me that the project is global, and will help young people in different countries to be connected to each other and to have greater awareness and understanding of the news on an international basis.”
This project aims to be global in scope, engaging children from Argentina to Zimbabwe. It will kick off with an English version but the BBC will seek production partners to expand programming into multiple languages.
Our World will be a multimedia project with digital and broadcast elements, including a weekly half-hour TV show. The BBC will launch a 10-week trial of the project and is in talks with a number of international digital and broadcast media organizations interested in co-production and distribution. The pilot TV programs will be distributed via the World Service’s existing TV partnerships and via other suitable broadcasters internationally.
Angelina got interviewed by the inspiring Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege for BBC Radio 4 and we post this with a warning that it has graphic descriptions of rape. But a very important topic and a good and interesting interview. You can also listen to it in our audio archive.
Angelina will guest edit today, December 28 on Radio 4’s Today programme. She’s speaking to guests about refugees and survivors of conflict and discussing solutions and how we can help.
We will try and find the show for all of you who can’t find it so come back later to the site!
Here is the full interview!
Angelina Jolie’s Today programme: these testimonies went to a deeper place
Radio 4 guest edit featured warnings of upsetting content, but it was more likely listeners would abandon all faith in humanity
The lasting memory of Angelina Jolie’s one-day Christmas tenure as editor of the Today Programme will be the horrific descriptions of violence: Rohingya Muslim women describing gang rapes; Denis Mukwege, Nobel peace prize-winning doctor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, describing injuries so barbaric that no “common sense of humanity” could survive them.
Every second interview was prefaced with a warning to listeners that they may find it upsetting: but what an inadequate phrase that was. Swear words, natural disasters, sudden, high-pitched noises are upsetting; these testimonies went to a deeper place. The warning should have been: “Some listeners may find themselves bereft of all faith in humanity.” And it wouldn’t have put anyone off: the value of beholding barbarism is only properly understood against its opposite, ignoring it.
Jolie launched the prevent sexual violence initiative after making Land of Blood and Honey in 2012, a film about the Bosnian conflict. Her wingman was William Hague, as incongruous as a house elf, scuttling alongside her down the corridors of the United Nations. Rape as a weapon of war was the focus of much of the programme, with DRC, at its centre. The conventions of current affairs sat oddly in the context; Mishal Husain, interviewing Nato’s supreme allied commander Europe, Curtis Scaparrotti, listened to his description of Rwanda (“the level of distress and … sheer evil was shocking”) attempted a bit of back-and-forth, some classic interviewer-y challenge: “And thus it has been through the ages,” she said. Women are always getting raped in conflict, is it realistic to think we can do anything about it? After a brief exposition about mankind and its responsibilities, Scaparrotti ended up making a social media point; now that communication is so fast and so flat, it is easier to establish global moral absolutes, things we collectively cannot abide. But it was such a peculiar tilt at the topic, effectively asking someone to explain how violence can be bad, given that it is not new.