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First Feature Length Brexit Documentary to Play at Tyneside Cinema

Brexitannia, featuring Noam Chomsky will screen also with Q&A with director Timothy George Kelly


In the wake of the most momentous event in modern British history, Brexitannia presents a complex panorama of fifty Leavers and Remainers from across the UK. Renewing the art of documentary interview, Timothy George Kelly’s meticulous black-and-white framing and sensitive portrayals of ordinary Britons gives an insightful and at times uncomfortable portrait of Britain today. The film ends with a sobering analysis from theorists including Noam Chomsky, Saskia Sassen and Nick Srnicek. The film has played over 35 international film festivals.

Director Timothy George Kelly said: “We tried to follow actual statistical demographics of the country to attempt a truthful as possible portrait of the nation. It can be easily argued that documenting a national identity is impossible in it’s complexity and maybe I agree, but the one thing we were able to capture successfully was that feeling of the moment and all it’s shock, beauty and humour. Over the six months that followed the referendum I interviewed 106 people all over the UK. 50 ended up in the final cut. I consider the film more a study of humans than of politics.”

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Dazed list of 6 best docs at CPH:DOX (world premiere): Director Timothy George Kelly explores the minefield of racism, ignorance, class, identity politics, elitism and neoliberalism with a strong, coherent flow of ideas. From the north, the south, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland to Noam Chomsky and covering everything from sheep tags and automation to the EU regulations on cucumbers, Brexitannia, as Kelly comments, is a portrayal of “beautiful, ordinary people, full of contradictions.” – Sophie Brown

Little White Lies top 5 doc at Sheffield Doc/Fest (UK premiere):The stark black and white photography, added to the fact that Kelly allows these confessions to run on without the interruption of edits, makes this as much a film about the nuances of human self-expression as it does the failure of a binary political decision to connect to complex personal desires.” – David Jenkins

Special mention at Reykjavik International Film Festival: “For its multifaceted look at a major political event, using the voices of voters to tell a tale both unsettling and refreshingly free from the usual bombast of political discourse.” 


Tyneside Cinema – Monday 12th of February, 6pm

10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG

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