‘Exposé of a political hypocrite’ documents the Labour right’s cowardly assault on party’s best activists
A landmark film covering the impact of the Labour regime’s anti-left witch-hunt with have its streaming premiere on Socialist Telly this week. The film, made by award-winning Liverpool film-makers Phil Maxwell and Hazuan Hashim, interviews left activists hit by the smear campaign and the purge the smears were used to justify – and the towering hypocrisy on the part of the Labour leadership that lies behind it.
The film’s global premiere took place in Liverpool last week to a standing ovation from the audience at the city’s famous Casa, which was founded by striking dockworkers – and Skwawkbox interviewed the film’s makers:
The packed audience also heard contributions from some of the film’s participants including Audrey White, the famous feminist and socialist who was played by Oscar-winner Glenda Jackson in the prize-winning film Business as Usual and who received hefty damages from the Jewish Chronicle for a ‘litany of lies’ against her that were amplified by the national media, playwright Tayo Aluko, who recreated Paul Robeson’s stand against the McCarthyite witch-hunt in the US, Jewish Wirral councillor Jo Bird, who was expelled by the party and hounded by the Labour regime in collusion with the Tories even after the expulsion, and Rona Heron, one of a group of Liverpool councillors who quit or were expelled for refusing to vote for massive cuts to vital city budgets.
The movie is a powerful dissection of Keir Starmer’s tenure and the the Labour right’s tactics, as the team’s press release notes:
‘The Anatomy Of A Witch Hunt’ is the film every Socialist has been waiting for: An investigation into the Labour Party under the leadership of Keir Starmer.
Over two years in the making ‘The Anatomy Of A Witch Hunt’ begins with the general election in 2019 and investigates the purge of Labour Party members following the election of Starmer as leader.
Did the new leader who said he would never write for the S*n newspaper and initially praised Jeremy Corbyn make Labour more electable? What happened to the 10 policy pledges Starmer made during his campaign to become leader?
What are Labour members who’ve left or been expelled from the Party doing now? Are they still campaigning?
The filmmakers Hazuan Hashim and Phil Maxwell were ideally placed to document the Witch Hunt as members of Wavertree Constituency Labour Party. The expulsion of the ‘Wavertree 4’ mirrored expulsions that were to follow across the UK. Both filmmakers were expelled from the Labour Party before the completion of the film.
With Tariq Ali, Kevin Bean, Councillor Jo Bird, Paul Filby, Councillor George Knibb, Ken Loach, Councillor Sarah Morton, Councillor Anna Rothery, Minnie Stacey, Audrey White and many more.
Actor, activist and writer Tayo Aluko plays Paul Robeson in a reconstruction of the investigations by the ‘House Un-American Activities Committee’ of alleged communists conducted by Senator McCarthy.
Hazuan Hashim said: “We were able to capture a rising tide of dissent in the Party as the attack on members increased during the two years of shooting. The film shows the determination of former members to continue fighting for the Socialist beliefs and policies that had a renaissance under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.” Phil Maxwell said: “The film gives a voice to those who were subjected to abuse of their human rights when they were Party members. At the same time the film is replete with optimism thanks to the inspirational voices of those who are continuing to campaign for Justice, Peace and Socialism.”
The film will stream this week on Socialist Telly’s YouTube and Twitter channels and on the Skwawkbox Facebook page. Watch out for an announcement in the next day or two of the exact date and time.
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