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‘The Trust Fall’ a new Julian Assange documentary

  • March 24, 2024
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‘The Trust Fall’ a new Julian Assange documentary

‘The Trust Fall’ is a new Julian Assange documentary, which had its UK premiere on Sunday, 18th February, at Dalston’s historic Rio Cinema. The film is directed by Australian filmmaker Kym Staton, a poet who has utilised some of the structures of his poetics to tell this convoluted story of Wikileaks Australian founder, Assange. A man currently in a high security jail often reserved for terrorists. Assange is awaiting a legal decision upon his potential extradition to the USA on what many consider to be trumped-up charges of espionage, rather than being seen via ‘The Wikileaks Collective’ view.

The documentary presents WikiLeaks’ methodology of accessing government files to expose instances of corruption, unnecessary war mongering, and allegations of gerrymandering by public figures. It examines how politicians often present wars as necessary and unavoidable for the public good, using them to justify their actions within a wider global context to legitimise war.

Within the narrative, there’s an exploration of authoritarian politicians worldwide, whose decisions often erode democratic principles, driven by concealed Machievalian agendas to mask domestic fiscal failings. These politicians habitually shift blame and evade accountability, characteristics that WikiLeaks sought to uncover. The film underscores WikiLeaks’ contribution to awakening public consciousness and shedding light on crucial issues, a factor that has unsettled political authorities in the West.

The Trust Fall opts not to use a chronological timeline and weaves through Assange’s history in a compelling narrative that had the fully attended Rio Cinema hanging on to every single word. Key investigative journalists and political campaigners such as the late John Pilger are heard offering up pearls of analytical wisdom. Pilger is seen in what may well have been his final filmed interview? He is placed alongside seasoned campaigner Tariq Ali who provides historic context, while Wikileaks ‘Editor’ Kristinn Hrafnsson tells his story from the ‘inside’. Assange’s wife since the age of 39, Stella, is seen lobbying on his behalf, tirelessly. A role that she has undertaken full time since 2015.

This documentary is due to open in London officially on 15th March, 2024. Surfacing in the wake of the Royal Courts of Justice extradition hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday the 20th and 21st February, regarding the potential removal of Australian citizen Julian Assange from Belmarsh Prison, here in the UK, in order to stand trial in the USA on 17 claimed counts of espionage and one of illegal computer access. The Law Court judge’s decision is alleged to be around 4th March.

Set against the backdrop of Assange’s extradition hearings, the film challenges mainstream media narratives and explores the manipulation of truth by those in power. Claiming that smears and lies have become ‘new truths’ but are in fact actual lies. There is a clever forensic filmic technique here in getting to the very root of the alleged ‘lies’. A combination of interview, archive, animation, captioning, and film montage. Staton takes us on this very involving journey that only gets slightly bogged down, narratively, in the final half hour towards the end. An end which is truly poetic.

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Henry Scott Irvine

The published author of Procol Harum's hardback Omnibus Press biography, Henry Scott-Irvine's writing began in the script departments of the British film industry. He continued as a Film & TV 'Music & Arts' researcher. He has a long background in published journalism. A radio producer-presenter since 2009 as well as a producer of the award winning documentary film Tales From Tin Pan Alley. He's a successful campaigner for securing listings and preservation for London's music & film heritage sites.

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