Nexus Productions director Simon Robson has directed four short, animated vignettes that are integral sections of the independent feature film Taking Liberties, to be released in UK cinemas on June 8, 2007 by Revolver Entertainment.
Written and directed by Chris Atkins, co produced by Kurt Engfehr (editor and co-producer on ‘Bowling for Columbine’) and featuring interviews with politicians, liberty experts, political commentators and human rights organizations, ‘Taking Liberties’ reveals the shocking and explosive truth about the erosion of our fundamental civil liberties by Tony Blair’s government, uncovering stories the government didn’t want you to hear. Robson’s animation, narrated by Ashley Jensen (Extras and Ugly Betty), expands on the documentary footage and interviews, providing a compelling historical and social background to the issues covered.
Taking Liberties reveals how six central pillars of liberty - Right to Protest, Right to Freedom of Speech, Right to Privacy, Right Not to be Detained Without Charge, Innocent Until Proven Guilty & Prohibition from Torture - have been systematically destroyed by New Labour and the freedoms of the British people stolen from under their noses amidst a climate of fear created by the media and government itself.
Simon Robson, who was the film’s Head of Animation, commented, “I met the crew on Taking Liberties last July when the film was at pilot stage and the director's passion for the film's subject was infectious.
Directing the animation sections gave me the chance to build visual analogies that play around the words of the voice-overs. The ideas had to be absolutely right, in order to produce just over six minutes of animation and I wanted to approach the animation with a certain amount of reverence. When you're illustrating points in history like the Rwandan Genocide and the Second World War the motion has to hit the right tone yet be striking, engaging and respectful of the subject.
The illustrators did a great job in creating iconic scenes that became the life-blood of the animation. These were taken by the animators and brought to life to create a series of snapshots that are essentially opinions on key historical events and their impact on civil-liberty as we know it today in the UK.”