This a sneak preview of the feature documentary, Will and Testament which the film-makers say will be coming to cinemas in late Spring 2014, and a very good trailer in its own right it is too.
Tony Benn who is 88, was the longest serving Labour MP in history, and also, arguably, the most popular UK politician of all time. Across the globe and in particular over the last five years his brand of socialism has struck a chord with people of all ages and social backgrounds. For the first time ever through intimate, quasi confessional interviews and his personal, photographic and film archive Will And Testament reveals a very human face behind the political mask.
Tony Benn - a labour movement journey across the years
In this feature length film, Tony Benn also criss-crosses the UK bearing witness to major social and political upheavals and events. He hopes Will And Testament will prove to be the defining documentary of the most globally and politically aware generation in a lifetime. This documentary is an exclusive and deeply personal look at the life of a national treasure, a frank, candid and sometimes painful exploration of the great themes of life that have affected him and affect us all, love, loss, hopes, dreams, fears and death. Never before has a person of his calibre and reputation spoken to camera in such a direct way.
It strikes me that as the art cinema world and the distributors seem to see places like Teesside as 'Ultima Thule', a dark place of little interest to the beautiful people, this could be a good occasion to do what was done earlier this year and get the local Labour Movement to sponsor a showing at Redcar's Regent Cinema. Thoughts from readers welcome.
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