Simon Robson documentary | 2004 | London | 3 min Published 25 Nov 04
An uncompromising examination and criticism of US foreign policy, according to Barry from down the pub.
synopsis Barry is a friend of mine, who to put it mildly, is an astute political thinker. He's also an old hippy and therefore a 'right' lefty. Many times we'd be sat in our local pub and I'd be there, totally captivated by Barry and his knowledge and opinions on his area of speciality: US foreign policy.
Barry always accused me of being a 'fence-sitter'. "Soon there'll be no political middle ground," he'd say. "You'll have to jump one way or another." So i jumped.
This piece is an uncompromising examination and criticism of US foreign policy, in particular 'the project for the new American century'. The film is really there to illustrate Barry's words. The question was always, how do we get other people interested in this stuff? The answer was to create an animation which would give visual form and resonance to Barry's dialogue and grab the audience's attention.
Barry's happy with it, so that's a start.
short fact This is my first film outside the commercial sphere. For me it was time to do something that didn't involve brands and the like. I've done animation work over the last few years as a freelancer and full-timer for multimedia, installation and broadcast. I could do a client list, but I don't really think that's what this is about.