Andrew Reid on Filmmaking: When the truth is so awful, only liars win

Here begins a series of blog thoughts from me on the state of the world and filmmaking in 2021, after humanity decided to go headlong into a full dystopia like you see in the movies. There will in the future be many great cinematic masterpieces about our plight as citizens in the year 2020. Anyone who has seen Black Mirror writer Charlie Brooker’s “Death to 2020” on Netflix can see for themselves the historic plot twists and sheer lunacy of what we’ve been going through the past year.

The overriding themes for me are very interesting and the basis probably for a very good script. Number one, the insane stupidity compounding all of our problems right now. Number two, the status of the truth and why people turn to conspiracy and superstition when faced with hard facts they don’t like. Exhibit A) The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shaking hands with coronavirus patients and putting himself in intensive care as a result. Exhibit B) All those loony conspiracists and covidiots, some in charge of entire countries, others packed into crowded beaches and shops during the summer as if it was all over.

This battle boils down to the beliefs of individuals, versus what’s right for the collective good of society and what scientific truth tells us. When I see the residents of Paris fleeing the government, due to arbitrary restrictions, I feel for them. The battle for our freedoms, versus the urgent containment of a public health crisis was never going to be easy for the French.

Then in Russia, the truth is pretty much what you can get away with. If a lie serves a means to an end, or makes you money, then it’s pretty much par for the course. I’ve been thinking about how our relationship with the truth is drastically changing like it has for the Russians, and we’re becoming more and more like RT News. When Angela Merkel gave her New Year’s Eve address from Berlin earlier this week, I couldn’t help being repulsed by the sheer logic and factual content of it. In her speech, I wanted to see some inspiration, some patriotism, some aspiration, some hope. I just got a bunch of dry facts telling it like it is and then felt like killing myself afterwards.

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