The EDL Comes to Bristol (Anthony Killick, UK, 2012)

This is a short film about the racist EDL march and the counter-demonstrations that took place in Bristol on 14th July 2012. (See here for more info: edl-fascists-antifa-police-lgbt-bristol-gay-pride?utm_source=vicefb). The film is partly inspired by the “urgent cinema” of Cuban filmmaker, Santiago Alvarez, who used found materials to construct montage with an explicit political purpose (List of his films here: http: nm0959588) I am also influenced by the “imperfect cinema” advocated by another Cuban filmmaker, Julio Garcia Espinosa. Rather than strive for aesthetic and technological “perfection” ala Hollywood, Espinosa told us it was not only possible but necessary to make films with whatever technologies are available to us (“For an Imperfect Cinema” here: ImperfectCinema.html). Putting these two methods together it is possible to make a film that subverts the mainstream in being both a zero budget film (imperfect cinema) and a film that uses the images with which we are bombarded to destroy the corporate mainstream from whence they came (urgent cinema). In today’s hyperstimulated world there is no excuse for reporting without context. Images and films are abundant and freely available on the internet. Yet a key motif in the neo-liberal agenda is to destroy history via the destruction of context, making it easier to bully, bitch and cajole people into passivity and obedience. The mainstream media reports with pro-establishment bias, relying mostly on ‘primary definers’ as sources of ‘news’, while delivering sound bites of quick fire information that totally dismiss (or conveniently omit) whole stories. The found materials used in this film are taken from the mainstream media. Their purpose is to provide context to the events of the day by consuming mainstream coverage and regurgitating it so that it becomes educational rather of stupefying. This is part of the Third Cinema motif of creating films that show people a social situation in order to provide them with the tools to change that situation....

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