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  • Taking Liberties

    by Leon
    23rd May, 2007 at 5:01 pm    

    Rachel North writes:

    “Last 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.”

    The YouTube trailer is here, and here is the official website. This sounds like the making of a good Pickled Politics meet, who’s up for seeing this?

    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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    1. Sunny — on 23rd May, 2007 at 5:22 pm  

      me me me!

    2. Leon — on 23rd May, 2007 at 5:36 pm  

      Excellent! We have two going, I was thinking opening weekend, somewhere central, earlish showing then drinks/meal after to disect/discuss the film. Hmmm maybe this should be a Facebook event too.:D

    3. sid — on 23rd May, 2007 at 5:55 pm  

      can I bring my Asian wife?

    4. William — on 23rd May, 2007 at 7:38 pm  

      We need some kind of Michael Moore equivalent is it as good?

    5. leon — on 23rd May, 2007 at 8:07 pm  

      Bring as many as are willing to watch Sid. William, haven’t seen it but going by what Rachel and Tim Ireland (Bloggerheads) said it looks good.

    6. sonia — on 23rd May, 2007 at 9:03 pm  

      sounds good. when is the opening weekend though? won’t it be packed?

      leon you can have the honour of turning it into one of those ‘facebook’ things ..heh heh. (of course you know that means you will have to have copious amounts of photos that you can then post up and we can all tag ourselves..ha ha)

    7. Jagdeep — on 23rd May, 2007 at 10:05 pm  

      Who wants to watch a documentary in the cinema? We need MOVIE spectacle! ACTION! Sex! Romance! Special FX! Not Shami flipping Chakrabarti….

      Save it for Channel 4

    8. Rachel N — on 23rd May, 2007 at 11:28 pm  

      how’s about us all going to Brixton Ritzys cinema on the Saturday 9th June? Blog posse….

    9. Rachel N — on 23rd May, 2007 at 11:29 pm  

      we need bums on seats for the opening weekend…so the film does well and gets good distribution….

    10. Rachel N — on 23rd May, 2007 at 11:31 pm  

      …and yes, if you like Michael Moore you will *heart* this…

    11. douglas clark — on 23rd May, 2007 at 11:39 pm  


      Congratulations and celebrations, good to see you posting here. You should stick around. Please?

      Can’t do the bums on seats thingy, distance and all that, but y’all have a great time. Go for it.

    12. Sunny — on 23rd May, 2007 at 11:49 pm  

      Sounds tempting Rachel… I may be ok on the 9th.

    13. lithcol — on 24th May, 2007 at 12:48 am  

      Sounds like the usual crap that will attract a certain type of individual. Now the new film by Michael Moore will have a far greater resonance with the general public, particularly in America, than his other film.
      Cuba has little freedom but a great health system by all accounts.

      Me, I like freedom and relatively speaking we are free. We also have a relatively good health system. Infinitely better than that in China, a country where freedom is minimal and the concept of a universal health system appears to have been lost.

      I was detained in Leeds in the late 1970′s by the Biz for having too long hair and being a bit lippy. Full body search, of course no drugs were found. Let off, but cautioned for conforming to a profile. Literally, if you don’t want hassle get your hair cut.

      Told em to F*** off. Not a good response, but I walked.

    14. Vikrant — on 24th May, 2007 at 12:56 am  

      I’m in…. provided that i have no other appointments on 9th…

    15. StrangelyPsychedelique/Kesara — on 24th May, 2007 at 9:05 am  

      I love the fact that this is the top comment on the youtube link:

      “911 the biggest insurance fraud in history and the biggest bullion robbery”


    16. Leon — on 24th May, 2007 at 10:24 am  

      (of course you know that means you will have to have copious amounts of photos that you can then post up and we can all tag ourselves..ha ha)

      Hehe don’t worry Sony digital camera at the ready.;)

      Save it for Channel 4

      I watched Fahrenheit 9/11 in the cinema, was good cinema experience, besides the company and conversation afterward is part of the night.:)

      how’s about us all going to Brixton Ritzys cinema on the Saturday 9th June? Blog posse….

      Brixton!?? Deepest darkest South London, do I need to bring my passport?:D

      Seriously though, sounds like an idea although the 8th is better for me than the 9th…

    17. Billy — on 24th May, 2007 at 10:56 am  

      I think I’m away that weekend. I’d be up for it though, it sounds good.

    18. sonia — on 24th May, 2007 at 11:48 am  

      ritzy on the 9th sounds good to me. is that ‘central’ enough for people?

    19. sonia — on 24th May, 2007 at 11:50 am  

      well maybe we can get an afternoon viewing if that’s easier for ppl rather than a sat. night which is a ‘prime time’ slot?

      yeah i cant see why you only want to watch ;sleaze’ at the cinema! :-)

    20. Nyrone — on 24th May, 2007 at 11:40 pm  


      I love watching documentaries on the big screen!
      We need more documentaries in cinemas not less!
      Thanks Leon and Rachel for posting about this film, it totally slipped through my rader!

      I’m also happy to meet-up for the opening night.
      and I totally agree with Rachel about the need to support this kind of work on opening weekend….it really has an effect…

    21. Leon — on 5th June, 2007 at 5:44 pm  

      Can’t make this now, will be working Saturday and busy during in the evening (family member birthday). You guys should definitly go though, we need those opening weekend figures to look good!

    22. luke — on 9th June, 2007 at 12:18 am  

      Above mentioned lady, Shamless Akrobati (Director of Liberty, an organisation for human rights), never fights a cause outside Britain - or the West. She knows, fighting the horrible human right abuses in Somalia, Sudan, Algeria … you name it, is very DANGEROUS and DOESN’T PAY well.

      She then better fight the Gov… The worst thing that can happen to her is to be elected ambassador to XYZstan, world bank, EIBRD, UN or some other place well paid by tax money. I bet we see her there in 5 years time.

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