The Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was announced by Theresa May to take place in 2022 to celebrate the success of an independent Britain. Artist and filmmaker Winstanley Schtinter decided 2022 was too long to wait and appointed himself director, running the event at notorious Manchester nightclub The White Hotel on 31 October 2019.
The Film Not The Country is a feature presentation documenting The Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland through surveillance footage from 31 October 2019.
The Film Not The Country will be screened alongside Passport To Pimlico (1949), an Ealing comedy in which the inhabitants of a London street discover buried treasure and documents proving they are really citizens of Burgundy. When the government tries to claim their treasure for the Crown, the Burgundians declare independence - from austerity, from government, from old Britain.
WINSTANLEY SCHTINTER has been described as an 'artist' by the Daily Mail and as an 'exorcist' by the Daily Star. His most recent work, Hotel Bardo, was dubbed by Iain Sinclair "the last avant-garde anti-project at the end of time". His 2018 recreation of Princess Diana's funeral (with a Mexican mariachi band in Salford) was hailed as "the People's Vote Turner Prize winner". He runs the anti-record label purge.xxx and curates the Liberated Film Club.
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