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The June General Election explained in film

 

NOTES ON A BLACK SCREEN

THE JUNE 2017 GENERAL ELECTION IN FILM

 

Seeing as my Brexit and Trump political predictions were hopelessly wrong, I’m staying in my literal lane with social commentary and analysis.  I describe this as more like reading the tea leaves than peering into a crystal ball. The June General Election of 2017 caused more shockwaves and put a few more pollsters and politicos into retirement. As a broadcaster I normally prefer to compile a record playlist however on this occasion I’ve gone for a baker’s dozen of films to explain this general election.  In my febrile imagination, I went back in my time machine to working at Blockbuster’s video rental store recommending films to some hapless and some happy customers.  

 

For Theresa May, Billie Holiday’s life story charting her traumatic rise and fall ‘Lady Sings The Blues’ felt perfect. Her policies on older people and raids on the grey pound I recommended ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’; whilst her talks with the DUP (Democratic Union Party) needs the musical comedy-drama ‘The Commitments’. It was great to see young people use their voice and vote at this election, so ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ was an obvious choice and for Bristol’s fabulous students I recommended the coming of age drama ‘An Education.’

 

Thangam Debbonaire’s returned to Westminster with an increased majority in Bristol West after battling cancer and Corbyn emulating ‘Wonder Woman’. Speaking of Jeremy, confounding his critics is one thing but he needs another election to be PM, so ‘The Hunt for Red October’ was his pick. The lead from that film was Scottish nationalist Sean Connery and Mrs May wasn’t the only disappointed female leader. Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP lost votes on a referendum agenda to break up the union as they seek ‘National Treasure’. Former SNP leader Alex Salmond could well be ‘The Last King of Scotland’. For film noir lovers after losing his Sheffield seat the 1948 Oscar winning ‘Fallen Idol’ was presented to the multi-linguist, former Deputy Prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. The demise of UKIP post Brexit has been almost as fascinating in a grisly sense as the last days of the Third Reich best portrayed in ‘Downfall’. All this talk of another general election means Bill Murray’s comedy ‘Groundhog Day’ will be in big demand.

 

As regular readers will note I have a close eye on turbulent political times across the pond in America. The Trump vs Comey battle over the truth, reminded me of the libel case to deny the Holocaust best depicted in last year’s compelling ‘Denial’ and reminiscent of the Nixon’s Watergate scandal seen in ‘All The Presidents Men’. Predicting these political times is ‘A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World!’ That film was directed by Stanley Kramer, whose racially charged 1967 classic film ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ starring Sir Sidney Poiter we are bringing to the Watershed next month.  

 

Roger Griffith AKA – The G-Man Presenter of the Old Skool Cruising Show 4-6pm Monday’s and Bristol’s Big Conversation Thursday’s 11am. He is also Executive Chair and an author. He is also a member of the Come the Revolution film collective supported by Bristol Watershed. They are screening Whitney Houston’s Nick Broomfield’s biopic on Whitney Houston Can I Be Me at The Watershed from Friday 16th June 2017.

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