A New Roadmap for Britain
12 leading artists/directors
12 critical issues
12X10 minute vision/essay films
Release in 2019/2020.
Short films released separately and as a 100m feature film
Generosity to the Future: 12 for 2020 – and beyond
Specifically, this project aims to build on the issues long kept off the mainstream news and political agenda but raised through the Corbyn / McDonnell leadership of the Labour Party and which comes as we plan to leave Europe.
We share their belief that there is a deeper approach to very many issues that the general public need to know much more about in order to better and more fully appreciate what the past 40 years policy-making has been about – the advancement of a set of neoliberal policies (or capitalism with gloves taken off as some describe it).
We want to raise this debate by using the profile of leading artists and directors to both help engage a wider public as well as the media. At the heart of these films will be a common thread – the failure of the ‘neoliberal’ project that has served to enrich a small, global elite while creating ever greater inequality.
… neoliberalism is a busted system. It does not work; it threatens global stagnation; consent for it is eroded; it is generating acute geopolitical fragmentation and — at home-the fragmentation of two-party politics.
But Corbyn is the only mainstream politician who has openly rejected neoliberalism. For all IMF’s admission that neoliberalism is flawed; for all the frantic calls by mainstream thinkers like the FT’s Martin Wolf to “reform capitalism” — nobody close to power in Britain actually proposes to break with the economic model of the past 30 years except Corbyn and his shadow chancellor McDonnell.
They have been right on the futility and injustice of the welfare cap; right on the unachievability of Osborne’s fiscal targets; right on the need for massive infrastructure spending; right on the need for a German-style investment bank; right on the need to abandon austerity in the post-Brexit situation — and they will go on being right because Conservative economic policy is now in improvisation mode.
Paul Mason, July 2016