2014 BAFTA award winning film producer, Playwright, The Confessions of Gordon Brown, and Chronicler of Ireland's Troubles in Rebel Hearts: Journeys within the IRA's Soul
Kevin Toolis is a reporter, screenwriter, and director. Toolis is the founder of manyriversfilms – www.manyriversfilms.co.uk. He has written screenplays for Kathy Kennedy (Schindler’s List, Lincoln) at Amblin Entertainment and Martin Bregman (Serpico, Sea of Love) at Bregman Productions.
Toolis is the producer of the forthcoming Channel 4 MI5 torture feature film Complicit (www.complicitmovie.com)
Kevin Toolis was born in Edinburgh of Irish parents and studied English and Philosophy at Edinburgh University. Toolis is a terrorism expert and the author of a classic account of the Irish Troubles – Rebel Hearts: Journeys Within the IRA’s Soul. Toolis has written for The guardian, The Observer, The New York Times and The Sunday Times and reported on stories and conflicts in the United States, Africa, Europe, Iran and the Middle East. He received an Emmy nomination for his role as director in the genre-defining series The Cult of the Suicide Bomber. He is also producer/director of Car Bomb.
But who really knows what the future brings when you are ending a 300-year-old political union We do have one good historical model of what it is like to carve out a nationalist state from within the political union of the UK but it is not one the SNP are keen to cite...
But after 300 years of political union, who defines "true" Scottishness? If you cannot be a Scot and a unionist then whole parts of our identity will have to disappear - or flow into exile just like the Irish.
To make a film this bad is an astounding achievement. And for the film to be approved through the Labour chain of command, by Miliband himself, reveals a seriously disturbing absence of judgement. Could no-one in Labour's upper echelons speak out loud that the Un-Credible Shrinking Man is just rubbish?
Who we choose to rule over us, and why, is a perennial and essential question for all of us.
And so is the canvas of power for drama in a real life world where men and women strive to rise, rule and control the destiny of a nation. And then fall like Lucifer.
In the olden days before catch up TV the annual Labour and Tory party conferences were guaranteed political barn fests. Revolts amongst the delegates, errant trade union bosses, and pro-hanging would-be Tory MPs were as commonplace as bare breasted women in HBO's Games of Thrones. Passion and politics mattered.
I am all in favour of movies that try to help us understand the world we inhabit. And there is nothing more serious than democratic states abandoning the rule of law and torturing people. And that is why I have spent the last three years of my life also making a movie about torture.
16/01/2013 17:56 GMT
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