Headlong & The Guardian Release BREXIT SHORTS: DRAMAS FROM A DIVIDED NATION
Headlong and the Guardian are pleased to announce the launch of BREXIT SHORTS: DRAMAS FROM A DIVIDED NATION, a series of nine short films from leading writers - including David Hare, Abi Morgan, Maxine Peake and Meera Syal - responding to the Brexit vote.
Britain's decision on 23 June 2016 to leave the European Union has been described as the single most significant event in UK politics since WW2, and sent political shockwaves throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. One year on from the referendum vote, and while the government enters the start of formal Brexit talks, the films seek to illustrate how such a disparity of views can affect ideas of community, values and aspirations, and question how they could reshape politics in Britain
Released online on 19 June 2017 on the Guardian and Headlong's websites, the films feature leading actors from across the UK - including Kristin Scott Thomas, Penelope Wilton, Steffan Rhodri and Scott Reid - and look at both sides of the vote to interrogate what happened, why, and how Brexit could impact the characters' lives.
The first film in the series Time to Leave - written by David Hare and featuring Kristin Scott Thomas - follows the story of Eleanor, in Winchester, who despite not believing everything the Leave campaigners claimed, still voted for change. However a year on, with Brexit voted in, she feels no difference.
View trailer here.
Produced and edited in-house by the Guardian, and directed by Headlong's Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin, Associate Director Amy Hodge, Maxine Peake and Elen Bowman, the dramatic monologues are part of the Guardian's popular original drama series, which seesprofiled artists creatively respond to current headline topics.