Synopsis

1950s Family

The rich and powerful have kept everything that was wrong about the post-war era, and rejected everything we got right.

Return to Doncatraz is an entirely independent guerilla documentary made from sheer passion for social justice. Media activist Jay Baker has built a ten-year career from scratching and clawing to produce alternative film that digs the dirt on the corrupt elite while standing up for the working class mass majority. Here, after living in North America, he comes home to find a bigot as mayor of his hometown, and the most right-wing government since the Second World War running Westminster. This film examines the way those in power have scrapped Keynesian economics, rejected the post-war consensus, and cherished the nuclear family to the point of bigotry.

Return to Doncatraz tackles the many myths put in place by these right-wing interests and perpetuated by a mainstream media long since lacking the remit, ability, or desire to take them on and tell the truth. These myths, about supposedly unavoidable budget cuts, or allegedly a lack of money available, are from the same rich white men in power chinking together their champagne glasses, giving billionaires tax breaks and championing conservatism while telling the housewife that her household budget is no more challenging than their own over at the Treasury.

Featuring interviews with experts like Peter Tatchell, Richard Murphy, and Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of bestseller The Spirit Level, Return to Doncatraz will shock you with cold, hard facts – all researched in-depth and uploaded online to stand up to scrutiny and elaborated on in the accompanying self-published e-book from the film’s makers. This is a documentary that will leave you and those around you demanding change.

Released in the run-up to the 2015 general election, the film will be rolled out across British communities, letting voters decide whether or not to go to the ballot box…or let Cameron’s Conservative cabal back into power to finally finish wrecking all the things that made post-war Britain great.

Featured in the film…

Peter Tatchell – Human Rights Activist

Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for human rights, democracy, LGBT freedom and global justice since 1967.

He is a member of the queer human rights group OutRage!, and the left-wing of the Green Party.

Through the Peter Tatchell Foundation, he campaigns for human rights in Britain and internationally.

A summary of his motives, morality and methods is here:
http://www.petertatchell.net/biography/motives.htm

Peter’s key political inspirations are Mahatma Gandhi, Sylvia Pankurst, Martin Luther King and, to some extent, Malcolm X and Rosa Luxemberg. He has adapted many of their methods to his contemporary non-violent struggle for human rights – and invented a few of his own.

Richard Murphy – Director of Tax Research LLP

Richard Murphy is a chartered accountant and economist. He has been described by the Guardian newspaper as an “anti-poverty campaigner and tax expert”.

According to International Tax Review Richard was the 7th most influential person in global tax in 2013.

In 2015 Richard was named as the Economic Justice Campaigner of the Year by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.

A graduate in Economics and Accountancy from Southampton University he was articled to Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co in London. He subsequently founded a firm of accountants in London which he and his partners sold in 2000. In parallel with his practice career Richard was chairman, chief executive or finance director of more than ten SMEs.

Since 2003 Richard has been increasingly involved in economic and taxation policy issues. He was a founder of the Tax Justice Network and is director of Tax Research LLP which undertakes work on taxation policy, advocacy and research for aid agencies, unions, NGOs and others in the UK and abroad.

Rev Dr John Vincent

Revd Dr John Vincent is a Methodist Minister and was President of the Conference in 1989-1990. Since 1970 he has worked in Sheffield in the Inner City Ecumenical Mission and the Urban Theology Unit, which he founded in 1969.  He was Director of UTU until 1997, and continues as a part-time Lecturer.  His 2000 book, Hope from the City, describes his Sheffield ministry.

He was an Honorary Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Sheffield University, and Supervisor for the MPhil/PhD in Contextual, Urban and Liberation Theologies, 1991-2011.  In 2003, he was  appointed Honorary Lecturer in Theology at Birmingham University,  where he acts as Supervisor for the same programme.  He is the author of some 25  books, co-chaired the Methodist Report, The Cities in 1997, and jointly with  Chris Rowland edits the series British Liberation Theology which published 4 volumes in 1995 – 2001, with a fifth volume: British Liberation Theology: For Church and Nation,  appearing in March 2013 (Publishers: Urban Theology Unit). He is Honorary  Leader of the Ashram Community, and is involved with Ashram Community inner city  projects in Sheffield and elsewhere, particularly in the Burngreave Ashram projects. The story and theology of the Community is in A Lifestyle of Sharing (Ashram Press, 2009), and those of eleven contemporary British communities are told in Christian Communities (ed.) (Ashram Press, 2011).

He continues his engagement with Urban Mission. He was a member of the Partnership  Board of the Burngreave New Deal for Communities 2001-11.  In 2004, he was made an  honorary fellow of St Deiniol’s Library.  In 2005, he received a Sheffield  University Centenary Award, and in 2006-07 was chaplain to the Lord Mayor of  Sheffield.

Paul Blomfield – Labour MP for Sheffield Central

Paul Blomfield was elected as the new Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central in 2010. At the 2015 General Election on May 7th 2015 he is standing for re-election as the Labour candidate.

Paul was Chair of Sheffield Labour Party for 15 years until 2009 and worked alongside the late Jan Wilson when she was the Labour Leader of Sheffield City Council.

Before Paul became an MP he spent most of his working life at Sheffield University. Most recently Paul was the General Manager of the Students’ Union with responsibility for 800 staff and an annual turnover of £11 million. In a voluntary capacity Paul was the Chair of the Sheffield City Trust between 1997 and 2008. The Trust is responsible for running all of Sheffield’s major leisure and sports facilities including the City HallPond’s Forge and the Arena.

In Parliament Paul has held a number of role including Parliamentary Private Secretary to Hilary Benn, the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Paul has also been a member of the Business, Skills and Innovation Select Committee. This position allows Paul to scrutinise the Government’s plans and expenditure in areas like job creation, manufacturing and universities. Paul has been the Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Universities, Vice Chair of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform and Vice Chair of the All Party Group on Motor Neurone Disease.

He is also a member of Unison, Unite, the GMB and the Co-op Party.

Pete Kennedy – Green Party Parliamentary Candidate in Doncaster North

Pete is standing for the Green Party in Doncaster North. He is also the Green Party General Election Campaign Assistant in Sheffield and the Doncaster Green Party coordinator. Pete has also been the Press Officer and Spokesperson for Frack Free South Yorkshire alongside a Community Pubs Officer for the Doncaster Campaign for Real Ale.

Sioned-Mair Richards, Sheffield Labour Councillor

A Christian and a socialist, Sioned is a Labour Councillor for Shiregreen & Brightside. She was also the elected Labour Councillor for Carmarthen District Council for 8 years.

Kate Pickett – Professor of Epidemiology, University of York

Kate trained in biological anthropology at Cambridge, nutritional sciences at Cornell and epidemiology at UC-Berkeley. She is currently Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences, University of York. Kate was an UK NIHR Career Scientist from 2007-12, is a Fellow of the RSA and a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health. She is co-author, with Richard Wilkinson, of The Spirit Level chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by the New Statesman, winner of Publication of the Year by the Political Studies Association and translated into 23 languages. She is a co-founder and director of The Equality Trust.

Richard Wilkinson – Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham

Richard G Wilkinson is a British researcher in social inequalities in health and the social determinants of health. He is emeritus professor of public health at the University of Nottingham and co-author, with Kate Pickett, of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better

Billy Hayes – General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU)

Billy Hayes is the general secretary (GS) of the Communication Workers Union (CWU). The CWU is the seventh largest union in Britain with around 199,443 members.

Born in Liverpool, Billy became an apprentice fitter welder for a number of years after leaving school and also worked at John West Foods. After taking a six-month break hitchhiking around Europe he joined the Post Office as a postman in 1974 and became a member of the union on his first day.

As a lay activist for 18 years, Billy took on several different duties within the Liverpool Amal Branch – including branch organiser, unit representative, area representative and branch secretary. In 1992 he was elected as a divisional representative and served on the executive council. Four months later Billy was elected as assistant secretary for the outdoor section of the postal department, responsible for delivery staff, cleaners and cash carrying.

In 2001, after nine years in the role of assistant secretary, Billy was elected general secretary of the CWU.

In 2011, the same year that he was re-elected for a third five-year term as general secretary, Billy was also elected as world president of post and logistics for UNI Global, the international trade union organisation. Billy also serves as vice chair of Trade Union Liaison Organisation (TULO) and vice chair of the National Policy Forum of the Labour Party. Billy is a member of the TUC Executive Committee, TUC General Council and is spokesperson for the TUC on Europe.

Find out more about Billy by reading his detailed biography or visit Billy’s Blog.