John Pilger’s “The Quiet Mutiny”

Medic first heard of the Australian journalist and film maker John Pilger through an English doctor met in Mexico in 1992, who in 1993 sent him the non fiction book “Heroes.” In 1994, while working in New Zealand, Medic wrote to Pilger, asking if he’d be interested in interviewing Medic’s acquaintance, the noted anti-war activist Father Dan Berrigan. Pilger said yes, but for whatever reason it did not happen.

Based in England, Pilger is a strong critic of American, Australian and British foreign policy, which he considers to be driven by an imperialist agenda. He has also criticised Australia’s treatment of it’s indigenous people. He first drew international attention for his reports on the Cambodian genocide.

Pilger’s career as a documentary film maker began with The Quiet Mutiny, below, made in 1970 during one of his visits to Vietnam.

Among Pilger’s many documentaries are Year Zero (1979), about the aftermath of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, and Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy (1993), The Secret Country (1985) and Utopia (2013).

Pilger won Britain’s Journalist of the Year Award in 1967 and 1979. His documentaries have gained awards in Britain and worldwide, including multiple BAFTA honors. The practices of the mainstream media are a regular subject in his writing.

Pilger’s books include: The Last Day (1975), Aftermath: The Struggles of Cambodia and Vietnam (1981) The Outsiders (with Michael Coren, 1984)Heroes (1986), A Secret Country (1989) (2001) ) Distant Voices (1992 and 1994) Hidden Agendas (1998) Reporting the World: John Pilger’s Great Eyewitness Photographers (2001), The New Rulers of the World (2002; 4th ed. 2016), Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and its Triumphs (ed.) Cape (2004) Freedom Next Time (2006).

See more of John Pilger’s films and writing at his website.