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
The films are conceived as a public education tool designed to lift the level of political understanding through high quality ‘essay’ or ‘vision’ films concerned with many of the critical issues facing ordinary British people today – rising poverty; Dickensian levels of inequality; the utter failure of housing policy; crisis across the NHS.
Then there are other critical issues such as Britain’s role in the world and its disastrous foreign policy; runaway climate change and the green economy and green jobs (or lack of).
Specifically, this project aims to further deepen understanding about the Corbyn / McDonnell approach to the many issues the general public need to know much more about , while, at the same time, 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