Europe Now Festival, cutting the ribbon of its inaugural edition on July 12, will open with a screening of the documentary film Brexitannia by Timothy George Kelly, a coproduction between Russia and the United Kingdom.
The film is the very first cinema statement on Brexit, featuring great names from the academic world including Noam Chomsky, Saskia Sassen, Guy Standing, Nick Srnicek, Heidi Mirza and Federico Campagna.
The film will screening on July 12 at the CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts at 8.30 pm.
Brexitannia: On/off. Yes/no. Leave or Remain? While referenda always divide people, Brexit did so in a manner unprecedented in modern British history: old pitted against young, nationalists against migrants, the countryside against the city, and “the people” against “the elite”. But underneath these binaries we find human beings whose individual stories influenced the outcome of this historic and perplexing vote. In the referendum the UK was torn apart by debates over the great themes of our age: migration, waning empires, work and its decreasing relevance in an outsourced world that is becoming ever more automated.
BREXITANNIA is a portrait of a democracy in all its impossible and ugly glory. With subtle force, yet without judgement, it presents the people of a once powerful empire as they negotiate their identities in a world that is changing faster than ever and in which power appears to lie further and further from people’s own hands.
About Timothy George Kelly: Timothy George Kelly is a filmmaker and visual artist who has shown work across Europe, Asia and the North America. In 2008 he moved to Montreal where he completed a seven-part short documentary series BIG SMALL and several music videos for artistS such as Grimes and Miracle Fortress. In 2014 he completed his first feature-length documentary A CITY IS AN ISLAND, an exploration of the people and effects of a predominantly anglophone music scene in a francophone Montreal, which premiered at CPH:DOX and RIDM. His film BREXITANNIA also premiered at CPH:DOX.
EuropeNow Festival is a collaboration between WoFF, CES: Council for European Studies – Columbia University in the city of New York and the University of Glasgow with the support of Glasgow City Council.