Brexit: The Movie
|Brexit: The Movie|
|Directed by||Martin Durkin|
|Written by||Martin Durkin|
|11 May 2016|
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Brexit: The Movie is a 2016 British propaganda film written and directed by Martin Durkin, advocating for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, commonly called Brexit (a portmanteau of British and exit). The film's production was funded through crowdfunding via Kickstarter as well as £50,000 from the hedge fund Spitfire Capital.
Brexit: The Movie was written and directed by Martin Durkin to advocate for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit) prior to the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum in June 2016. The film was crowdfunded through Kickstarter, with its £100,000 goal having been met with contributions from 1,500 donors by 26 February 2016.
An additional £50,000 was donated by the hedge fund Spitfire Capital. According to the film's official website, by the end of production, a total of over £300,000 had been raised by over 1,800 contributors.
The film was made available for free online streaming on YouTube and Vimeo on 12 May 2016, the day after its release and premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. The film's premiere was organised by Brexit campaign Leave.EU. It was also broken into a twenty six part series published as a YouTube playlist, embedded on the official movie website.
Paul Baldwin writing for The Daily Express, a pro Brexit newspaper, called it a "powerful" exposure of the lack of accountability within the European Union. Nicholas Dunn-McAfee of the Public Relations and Communications Association commented that the film was "easily digestible" and "witty" but felt that it was a "little too late and a little too stretched".
Newsweek noted the film's attempt to market to conservative, anti-establishment audiences, calling it "a libertarian's wet dream of Randian proportions", and criticising alleged inconsistencies in the film. The Huffington Post criticised the film, stating it relied on ethnic stereotypes and omitted certain perspectives.
Huffington praised the film's persuasiveness, but indicated that it could also potentially drive voters towards the Remain camp. The newspaper of Germany, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, criticised the lack of balance in the film, as it did not feature a single pro European.
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