â€œLast night I saw the film Taking Liberties on the big screen for the first time, (it was the cast and crew screening) and it was excellent. Funny, moving, infuriating, and best of all, it gives people things to do at the end of it. The film, which is released on June 8th, tells the stories of dozens of ordinary people. Grandmothers, teenagers, war veterans, writers, chefs, comedians, protesters, and ordinary people from across the political spectrum – all caught up in the storm. There are contributions from Tony Benn, Henry Porter, Boris Johnson, Shami Chakrabarti, Walter Wolfgang, and many more.
Many of the featured stories leave you shaking your head in disbelief. But it’s all frighteningly true, and the point is that these people’s stories could be anyone’s stories. Taking Liberties makes it clear how desperately important this issue of balancing our freedom with managing our fear is, for all of us. The right not to be detained without trial, the right to peaceful protest, the right to privacy, to trial by jury, the right not to be tortured, and many other crucial rights that we have all taken for granted for years are being whittled away, and if we don’t protest, and stop it, it will soon be too late. And we will wake up to find we have set the apparatus in place for a very different Britain under a very different type of leader.â€
Update: The film is being shown at all Picturehouse cinemas and if it does well in its first weekend (thanks for the tip from Rachel in the comments) it’ll encourage take up elsewhere.
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