Clive of India: The Conservative Assault on School Education (working title)
In recent years the debate over educational reform has focused largely on higher education, the marketisation of universities and the increase in tuition fees. Less attention has been paid to the radical reforms being ushered in by the current Conservative government to primary and secondary education. Clive of India turns the spotlight on education secretary, Michael Gove’s, proposed changes to the way/s in which the youngest of our society are educated.
Focusing primarily on changes to the school curriculum, the film analyses the nature of Gove’s reforms, their systemic affects and ideological implications, as well as the intended affects they pose for popular memory and collective consciousness. Topics include the marketisation of education, the importance of cultural memory and the dominance of “official” versions of history. These are linked to wider questions surrounding the intentions of neo-liberal ideologies for future society.
Using a variety of media, including original interviews, performance art and found materials, the entry point of our analysis is the little known historical figure, Clive of India, a British-Indian colonialist whom Gove suggests is particularly significant for the teaching of history, despite this being refuted by most historians. Now, it seems, Clive of India is key to unearthing the real motives behind Gove’s education reforms, highlighting the continuity between two different types of colonialism across history.
The film is a pedagogical piece that intends to induce discussion and action by disseminating knowledge to the audience, foregrounding a debate around school education that has been left out of the mainstream. In the spirit of revolutionary Third Cinema, Clive of India seeks to contribute to the corpus of anti-capitalist media, resisting the imposition of neo-liberalism through a fusion of art and politics.
The filmmaker: Anthony Killick is currently undertaking postgraduate Film Studies at the University of Bristol. He is co-director of the Bristol Radical Film Festival, and has recently worked on award winning documentary, Secret City, a film about the City of London and the corporation that runs it.
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