I spent an exhausting but exhilarating couple of hours yesterday being interviewed for a new film examining the 2008 financial crisis, the rise of offshore finance and the appropriateness of existing models of the ‘fiscal state’. The film – working title, ‘The Price we Pay’ – is being made by award-winning Canadian/American director Harold Crooks, who has made a series of documentaries exploring various aspects of contemporary society and economy. His most recent film (with Mathieu Roy), ‘Surviving Progress‘, was particularly enthusiastically reviewed.
My interview took place in the 17th century splendour of the ‘Webb Room’ in the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich. As we were setting the shot up, the cameraman noticed that the portrait of Charles II that could be seen over my shoulder did not quite fit into the frame. It seemed appropriate, however, that my ramblings should be watched over by a headless king, so we left it that way.
Interestingly, Crooks wanted to speak to me both because of my academic work on the fiscal state and the odd spatialities of offshore these things and because of my involvement in Goldin+Senneby‘s Headless. Where I get talked to at all, it is generally one or the other – rarely both. The idea behind the documentary is to explore the multiple and complex causes of the economic problems that we have created, but not to propose simplistic solutions. Crooks’ healthily skeptical approach asks some difficult questions of those who propose ‘clock-turned-back’ answers to events taking place in very different contexts. Beyond the immediate issues, therefore, much bigger questions concerning the nature of the state, the meaning of democracy and the possibilities of social change will be addressed.
The film is scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.