Director's Diary

Does the Government Give ATOS?

Today we filmed the demonstration outside Doncaster’s DWP offices, as people protested against the harsh measures put in place by outsourced company ATOS, which has resulted in vulnerable people having their social security benefits removed.

The film will demonstrate the often literally fatal effects this policy has on people, so I won’t go into that here, but I can say we did have some conversations with brave people who had suffered as a result, and on-camera interviews with even braver folk who were willing to publicly speak out about the assault on those with the least, all in the name of austerity.

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We managed to catch the last remaining protesters on camera, since dozens had been there since morning, and I was too lazy to get there at the start, since my home and office are now over in Sheffield, which I suppose makes me a sell-out.

In all seriousness though, the fact these people – who have already been browbeaten enough by draconian government policy – gathered in the cold to demonstrate their dissatisfaction in the hopes of raising awareness is truly inspirational.

This documentary is designed to make sure their voices are amplified so that their efforts were not in vain.

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