University of Sussex: BA Media Practice
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The Middle Ground

The Middle Ground

Kaye Tilbury

‘The Middle Ground’ is an activist documentary that critically analyses the contemporary British socio-political climate and demonstrates the ways in which the capitalist system and the British government are failing the general public by prioritising power and profit over social responsibility; and how ‘post-truth politics’ have enabled the government to operate with a complete lack of transparency and accountability. The fundamental aim of this documentary is to incite political consciousness in the viewer and motivate them to become active participants in their own socio-political history. ‘The Middle Ground’ emphasises that the spectator, either as an individual or as part of a collective, has the power to challenge the status quo and instigate positive social and political change, demonstrating that “the British working class has not lost its capacity to fight” (Sell, 2006).

The experimental style of this documentary is inspired by the works of Santiago Alvarez (Hanoi, Tuesday 13th) and the Third Cinema movement, which rejected Hollywood conventions of filmmaking, prioritised content over form and above all, was committed to social and political transformation. A complex and dynamic montage of found footage, images, text and music; the style and technique of ‘The Middle Ground’ reflects the idea that “a revolutionary theme requires an experimental form” (Alvarez, cited in D’Argenio, 2014).

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