Monday, December 1st, 2014

#JournalsimIsNotACrime

In addition to delivering on the edit for our upcoming film on resistance to South Africa’s apartheid state for the V&A and greasing the wheels of other upcoming commissions, I’m working pro bono for the campaign to free three journalist colleagues locked up in an Egyptian jail for doing their jobs. 29 December sees the […]

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

As the Lords has a gander at the finer details of the Lobbying Bill – which could scarily curb freedom of expression for anyone with a vested interest in a) changing the world or b) being pissed of with whatever current government is in power, I’ve been asked to make a few films on this […]

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

what is the gagging law?

got an emergency phone call from robin at 38 degrees. “you know about this gagging law thing?” yeah, i do. the lobbying bill – the thing that will silence the unions and stop third party organisations (or anybody) from criticising the government a year before an election. massive threat to democracy and free speech. “not […]

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Peter Kennard’s G8 Protest Posters

Peter Kennard and I have been doing a thing around the G8 this year. He had some images. I suggested sticking them on the t’interwebs, open sourcing them and then pasting them up on the street. They ended up in Enniskillen – the town nearest to where the G8 Summit was being held. Here, the […]

Friday, March 15th, 2013

syria: two years of bloodshed [amnesty film]

The latest in my series of films for Amnesty International on torture and violent oppression from all sides of the Syrian conflict…and the need for a human rights revolution. This film coincides with the release of two new briefings from Amnesty International. The first focuses on summary killings and other abuses by armed opposition groups. […]

Monday, March 19th, 2012

burn tory, burn

The Coalition government did something very nasty tonight. They are killing the NHS. An amendment in the House of Lords seeking to delay the NHS ‘Reform’ Bill was defeated 328 votes to 213. It goes to the Commons on Wednesday where it looks likely to be passed. Nye Bevan would be turning in his grave […]

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

irhal [amnesty video]

Here’s another short film made by Peter Kennard and I for Amnesty International’s Global Day of Action for human rights across the Middle East and North Africa. It premiered at a rally of thousands in London’s Trafalgar Square on 11 February 2012…one year on from Hosni Mubarak stepping down from power in Egypt.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

“any information relating to anarchists should be reported to your local police”

London’s Metropolitan Police has called for large businesses and the public to report suspicious anarchist activities immediately. A weekly communiqué (see below) issued by the City of Westminster’s Counter Terrorist Focus Desk said: “Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. Any […]

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Adam Curtis talks to me for Tank Magazine

Adam Curtis is a documentary filmmaker and academic who is best known for his use of videomontage to relay sociopolitical analyses of the modern age. His films include The Century of the Self and The Power of Nightmares. His latest project is a three-part BBC internet series called All Watched Over by Machines of Loving […]

Friday, May 13th, 2011

how ai weiwei politicised the art establishment

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was detained on 03 April 2011 by the authorities at Beijing Capital Airport preparing to board a scheduled flight to Hong Kong. He has yet to be charged and the state has not yet confirmed his whereabouts. A major survey show of his work has opened at London’s Lisson Gallery joining […]