Kevin Toolis
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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.

A full list of his films can be viewed at www.manyriversfilms.co.uk

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How the Ghost of Ireland Past Haunts the SNP's Promised Land

(1) Comments | Posted 25 June 2014 | (12:45)

That ol' Karl Marx was right about one thing.

History, in the form of secessionist nationalism within the UK, repeats itself - first as tragedy in Ireland and then as farce in Scotland. With his handbag hidden saltires and swagger Alex Salmond has brought Scotland to the nationalist boil...

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What Does Drama and the Box Set Tell Us About the State of Politics?

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2014 | (17:58)

Is there anything to say in drama about politics when all the drama has been carefully squeezed out of real politics?

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...

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How the Ghost of Ireland Past Haunts the SNP's Promised Land

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2014 | (18:21)

That ol' Karl Marx was right about one thing.

History, in the form of secessionist nationalism within the UK, repeats itself - first as tragedy in Ireland and then as farce in Scotland. With his handbag hidden saltires and swagger Alex Salmond has brought Scotland to the nationalist boil...

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How Can a Dog Bark Like a Turkey? - When It Is a Labour Political Broadcast

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2014 | (12:52)

How can a dog bark like a turkey?

Answer - when it's the latest Ed Miliband-less Labour Election Party Broadcast.

The English language is infinite in negative adjectives but Labour's latest baffling electoral mini-drama, 'The Un-Credible Shrinking Man', comes close to exhausting them all.

As a work of...

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What Does Drama and the Box Series Tell Us About the State of Politics?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2014 | (10:14)

Is there anything to say in drama about politics when all the drama has been carefully squeezed out of real politics?

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...

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Is There Anything to Say in Drama About Politics When All the Drama Has Been Carefully Squeezed Out of Real Politics?

(1) Comments | Posted 23 July 2013 | (12:31)

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.

But...

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Complicit: How Should Movie Makers Deal With Torture?

(3) Comments | Posted 16 January 2013 | (23:00)

Who betrayed Osama Bin Laden and led the US Navy Seals to his house? And what role did torture play?

The answer if you are watching Kathryn Bigelow's morally skewed Zero Dark Thirty is a scattering of Al Qaeda terrorists shamelessly beaten to a pulp by...

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