Alex von Tunzelmann
Alex von Tunzelmann is a historian and screenwriter for film and television and lives in London. She read Modern History at University College, Oxford and has published four books – Indian Summer on the independence of India, Red Heat on America’s secret war in the Caribbean, Reel History based on her occasional column in The Guardian on history in films, and Blood & Sand on the twin crises of Suez and the Hungarian uprising.
Blood & Sand: Suez, Hungary and the crisis that shook the world - with Alex von Tunzelmann
Sunday, 31 March 09.30-10.30
In 1956, there were simultaneous crises in Suez – where Britain and France invaded Egypt under false pretences of peacekeeping – and Hungary – where the Soviet Union invaded to quell an uprising against communist rule. Tracing the story through the experience of the British prime minister Anthony Eden, Alex von Tunzelmann shows how the two crises pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war.
History According to the Movies (Panel)
Saturday, 30 March 09.30-10.30
From ancient Egypt to the Tudors to the Nazis, the film industry has often defined how we think of the past. But how much of what you see on the screen is true? And does it really matter if filmmakers just make it all up? Alex von Tunzelmann and her panel takes a comic look at the history of the world as told through the movies - the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly.