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How Soon Is Now? 2011

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Uploaded on Aug 10, 2011

This is a montage of footage I have assembled of the recent civil unrest in Britain along with the 1986 song 'How Soon Is Now?' by The Smiths.

Originally this video was intended to be produced as a video insert for a play I am writing about the A-Levels and universities systems in Britain and their effects on individual ambitions and decision-making - however, while waiting for my Sony Vegas software to arrive in the post, the riots in Tottenham and other London boroughs began, quickly spreading across the country and exposing a deep social chasm in Britain's population. The reasons for the rioting are many - the original violence in London was motivated largely by anti-police anger following the killing of 29 year-old Mark Duggan and longtime tensions in Tottenham between police and residents. However, the cross-city rioting has consisted largely of looting and arsons of various properties including private residences, the motivations largely ascribed to "feral" criminality and behaviour reminiscent of the protagonists in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange".

The music itself came to mind while I was storyboarding the original video, which was meant to include footage of the 2010 student protests, the 'Stokes Croft Tesco Riots' of April 2011 and footage of community violence in Northern Ireland. The use of montage of urban violence set to music was inspired by the 1992 film 'Patriot Games', which in a rather profound sequence far removed from the banality of the original Tom Clancy novel, shows an IRA operative watching a video of the Troubles while listening to the Clannad song 'Theme From Harry's Game'. This was the direct source of my original idea, as well as the use of video inserts in the 2010 play 'The Price of Everything', premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

Credit has been given for the sources of the videos featured, although if any sources have been missed, I apologise sincerely and will add the names of YouTube channels whose content is featured but not credited in the original video.

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