Yesterday I attended a screening of a film tracing the build up to the war in Iraq and the gathering of flawed intelligence by US and British security services to justify the invasion. The director of wmd. David Holroyd pieced together “real” CCTV and surveillance camera footage to tell the story of an MI6 desk officer who stumbles across the forged documents and phoney dossiers used by the Bush-Blair administrations to build the case for war.
Holroyd described the independently made movie as “a fictional account inspired by real events” and while audiences may have concerns that the filmmakers take too many liberties with the line between fact and fiction as they plot a dramatic narrative, particularly at the denouement of the film, the subject matter is timely given the launch of the Iraq Inquiry chaired by Sir John Chilcot. “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act,” says Holroyd, quoting George Orwell.
The film is also intended as a salutary reminder of the intrusive nature of the spying state and the ubiquitousness of surveillance cameras in modern Britain. The film has a limited release but is available to buy or download.