Thursday, March 27, 2008

"On The Verge" Of A Police State?

It would appear that maybe the verge has been crossed. The Guardian today reports on attempts by the police to halt screenings of the low-budget film "On The Verge". The film itself tells the story of 'a small but committed group of activists, smashEDO, [who] are taking on the Brighton base of an international arms manufacturer and, in the process, their local constabulary'. Luckily although the force are keen to clamp down on screenings, they have actually acted as a highly successful marketing campaign for the film (hence the paper coverage and my sudden awareness). And, much as I hate to upset the establishment, I'm gonna do my bit to help. First of all, here's a trailer for the film:

And here are the 'tour' details if that taster whets your appetite:


17th Brighton First Showing of 'On the Verge' at the Duke of York's Cinema
6.30pm, Duke of York's Cinema - First Screening of 'On the Verge' - the Smash EDO Campaign film plus a selection of short films about occupation and resistance in Palestine. This showing was pulled by police - read more

19th Chichester New Park Centre 7-9pm
20th Southampton The Art House.7.30pm
24th Oxford East Oxford Community Centre, Cowley Rd, 7pm
25th Bath The Bell, 7.30pm
26th Hereford The Barrels, 69 St Owen St, Hereford, HR1 2JQ
27th Bristol Kebele, 14 Robertson Rd, Easton, Bristol. Ph 0117 939 9469
28th Cardiff PAD Cardiff Social Centre, 118 Clifton St, Adamsdown, Cardiff


1st, 6.30pm London Foundry, 86 Great Eastern St, London, EC2 3JL.
3rd Leicester TBA
9th Norwich The Workshop, 8pm
11th London Housmans Bookshop, 7pm
14th Liverpool TBA
15th Newcastle Star & Shadow Cinema, Battlefield, Cnr Stepney Bank & Crawhall Road, Newcastle. Ph 0191 261 0066
17th Edinburgh The Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Pl, Edinburgh, EH1 1EY. Ph 0131 220 4538
18th Glasgow The Quakers Centre
19th Aberdeen Aberdeen Uni
23rd Nottingham Uni
24th Derby TBA

25th Sheffield Lecture theatre 3, Sheffield Uni Arts Tower, 4pm-6.30pm
27th Leeds Common Place, 23-25 Wharf St, Leeds, LS2 7EQ. Ph 0845 345 7334
28th Manchester Manchester Uni
29th Lancaster Gregson Centre 7pm


1st Wrexham TBA
2nd Southampton Uni

If you want the tour to come to your neck of the woods, email on-the-verge(at), check tour dates here (and download flyers) and for any further information visit smashedo here. Also, it would appear that a DVD will be produced at some point in April, so be sure to get your copy!