The film, Taking Liberties, is a documentary about eroding civil liberties in present-day Britain. It will be showing in cinemas in major cities across the UK starting next weekend.
Via the Beeb:
By Brian Wheeler
Political reporter, BBC News
People will only wake up to the destruction of their civil liberties when it is too late to do anything about it.
That is the fear driving a new documentary film which aims to do for civil liberties what Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore’s anti-George Bush polemic, did for the anti-war movement.
Director Chris Atkins wants Taking Liberties to shake the British public out of their apathy over what he sees as the dangerous erosion of traditional rights and freedoms under Tony Blair.
“This film uses shock tactics. We needed to be unashamedly populist.
“We wanted to give people a slap around the face and then they can go away and unearth some of the more complex cases,” says Atkins.
But although it shares a producer – and some stylistic tricks – with Fahrenheit 9/11, Atkins is wary of too many comparisons with Moore’s film.
Tony Blair was a “handy villain”, he says, but it is not enough to try and pin the blame on one political leader who is, in any case, standing down soon.
“We didn’t want to make the British Fahrenheit. We didn’t just want to say ‘this guy’s an arsehole, let’s get rid of him’.
“This issue is far more important than one leader. Once you give up traditional liberties such as free speech and the right to protest you are not going to easily get them back,” says Atkins.
Via the Beeb:
Brown pledge to protect liberties
Gordon Brown has pledged not to put civil liberties at risk over plans to introduce new anti-terror laws.
Mr Brown wants to give police more powers – including holding suspects without charge for more than 28 days – when he takes over as prime minister.
Civil liberties campaigners warn the plan amounts to “internment”.