Peace, Love and Role Rotation – Occupy London on Film

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Peace, Love and Role Rotation – Occupy London on Film

It has been a while since I have blogged about my feature length documentary the title of which I just cannot decide. I maintain a blog about it on its own site but seeing as the light at the end of the tunnel is bright enough to warrant sunglasses, it is only fitting that this particular blog entry is edited down and logged on my professional site too.

A film by an activist for activists.

The Rembrancer, the archaic position that due to its unique powers, enables the City of London, that s/he represents to thwart any discussions about financial reform in Parliament.

The film starts by explaining the nebulous power of the City of London, why we were there and what we were protesting for. This has not altered in all three drafts of the film

In my the third draft I emboldened myself to place my voice in the film’s theme (the creative impulse) which is the section of the film that deals with Occupy London’s prefigurative element, in particular it’s practice of consensus. The power pools that transpired due to this process undermined the horizontal ethos, and the movement was unable to deal with them. These are elements that are prevalent in many movements and when power paradigms cannot be challenged, movements implode. Mistakes do not need to be re-lived over and over again and in activism they are. I have made this film so that other activists can use it to be more aware of the pit-falls of activism which can be addressed if caught in time.

Elizabeth Boardman. Initiator of the use of consensus within activist groups.


100% consensus with a centralised GA system should never be attempted again as it guarantees a stunted success.

Although Occupy London was essentially an important public relations tool about economic injustice (the 99% vs 1%) it fell short of being able to demand change by virtue of it’s power. I opine that the idealism embedded in the use of the consensus model prohibits any chances of achieving, at least some, comprehensive wins. Activists have grown a bit to used to losing.

One does not need consensus of any kind to ensure horizontality.

The lesson we learnt through the Occupy London experience are still being discussed in workshops on activism currently. The academic study of social movements uses the Occupy movement as a staple example. Occupy did achieve a shift in consciousness within social change circles, that is starting to make its mark now. Many businesses and co-ops are embracing the challenges of horizontality in an effort to lead by example in radical democratic manifestations.  The film does not speak of these wonders however. It never was in its remit.

“Location, Location, Location”

MISTAKE 1.01 in independent filmmaking: Not prioritising marketing.

It does not help that I have no money to market and don’t have all that much time either. Fingers are firmly crossed that the film festival gatekeepers will watch the film and accept it! That is my marketing strategy! Any offers for more information about this please do not hesitate.

Until then, peace, love and role rotation!

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