This is not just another film about the pandemic, but rather another lucid approach by the always spot-on, sarcastic and brilliant English director to the political ineffectiveness of Boris Johnson's government in dealing with the healthcare crisis. Using the British Prime Minister's public speeches and contrasting them with the official numbers of infected and dead, Smith builds up —or rather, brings down— the prime minister's official discourse, while at the same time demonstrating how the strategies used by political power to manipulate are more valid than ever. (JFM)
John Smith was born in London, and studied film at the Royal College of Art. He has made over sixty film and video works that have been shown in independent cinemas, art galleries and on television around the world. Renowned for their formal ingenuity, subversive wit and oblique storytelling, his films blur the boundaries between documentary and fiction, playfully exploring and exposing the language of cinema.
Selected filmography –The Girl Chewing Gum 1976 Om 1986 The Black Tower 1985-7 Slow Glass 1988-91 Home Suite 1993-4 Blight 1996 Lost Sound 2001 Worst Case Scenario 2001-3 Hotel Diaries 2001-7 Flag Mountain 2010 Unusual Red Cardigan 2011 Dad’s Stick 2012 White Hole 2014 Steve Hates Fish 2015 Who Are We? 2016 Song for Europe 2017 Jour de Fête 2017 A State of Grace 2019 Citadel 2020 Covid Messages 2020