Over the last twenty years, the Central Intelligence Agency has actively worked with film and television creators to interest recruits, curtail criticisms, enhance public support and intimidate terrorists. In fact, the covert organisation has actively shaped some of Hollywood’s most popular texts, including movies such as The Recruit, Zero Dark Thirty, and Argo, as well as TV programs such as 24, Alias, The Agency, Covert Affairs and Homeland. In this talk by Associate Professor Tricia Jenkins from the Texas Christian University, participants learned what motivated the CIA to begin collaborating with Hollywood in the mid-1990s, how its efforts have helped re-define its public image, and the legal and ethical ramifications involved in the Hollywood-CIA relationship.
Get Smart: How the CIA shapes Hollywood images
25 June 2015. 6.30pm–7.45pm AEDT
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