Timothy George Kelly directs I’m Voting Labour in the lead up to tomorrow’s election
With tomorrow’s (Thursday 12 December 2019) election nearly upon us, the political parties are coming up to the final hurdle this evening, gunning for the last push to sway a political movement that will affect all of us living in the UK. In light of this, filmmaker Timothy George Kelly has made a new film titled I’m Voting Labour, celebrating the people of the UK and highlighting the country’s vast cultural shifts in recent years. Produced by Compulsory and Joseph J Goldman, executively produced by Kadri Mahmoud, commissioned by Leo Dawson at Real Change Lab and edited by Jamie Hodgson, the poignant film centres on local communities up and down the UK and Labour’s pledge to help them.
“There has been a pretty successful cultural shift over the last 50 years run by Conservatives to simplify what it means to be working class into something straight-up negative,” Timothy tells It’s Nice That. “Scroungers. Chavs. Single mothers smoking fags waiting for a bus, forever grey sky above. If you change the meaning of something to be something no one wants to be, people will start to not see themselves as it is.” Originally from Melbourne, the director has previously directed for the likes of Nike, Adidas and H&M and has made two feature-length documentaries, the most recent being Brexitannia in 2017.
But now, with I’m Voting Labour, he highlights the “cultural erasure” that has led to dissolution and, in particular, “confusion into how people see themselves” today. He observes how this “has been enormously successful for the rich, and is part of the reason why you see people vote against their own interests.” As a divided nation, Timothy observes how “this cultural shift has smashed solidarity” and “erased the working class while it never went anywhere.” And it is for these reasons and more, that he wanted to make a film that inspires against this division.