Where Is The Anger?

Elliot Grove speaking at the Fringe Report Awards 06 February 2012

By Elliot Grove

We live in very dangerous times.

The power is shifting from West to East. The financial domination of the past 500 years is shifting to the East. And there is nothing we can do about it. It is happening.

Our bankers, the Lehman Bros, The JP Morgans of this world, along with their banking colleagues, perfected a sham where they sold shadows of shadows of shadows for untold billions. They made huge profits and in the process have brought western economies to their knees. Not a single banker has ended up in prison. Our politician have keeled in to the bankers' demands and are now forcing us humble taxpayers to pay.

Our politicians have led western nations into a series of pointless and costly wars, and to pay for these wars are taking our money away from the arts and education to shore up national budgets already depleted to near zero by the acts of our bankers.

Where is the sense in this? And where is the anger?

The independent film movement was born at the same time as rock and roll in the 50's and 60's.

Rock and Roll was a unique form of expression that allowed people to express themselves and their feelings. I am old enough to have been through the student protests and the angry  anti-government protests in the 60's and 70's. The people were angry. Musicians like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles and Rolling Stones crystalised this anger.

The indie cinema of the day was angry too: Films like Easy Rider, Midnight Cowboy and Deerhunter pointed to the problems of the day, and commented on it.

Where is the anger now?

Independent film largely consists of introspective thoughts. Some might call it navel gazing.

Our film (and music and literture) need not be a literal rage or anger. But it needs the passion of our peoples' plight to be there, to be recognised. And for our governements and culture funding quangos to nourish and support.

Fade Out

I am not at the stage where I am prepared to give up. I see, however, huge swathes of apathy. Eagerly I await the new voices, the voices with passion - and anger.

As Goethe said: “Our passion are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes.” He also said that true passion has a certin nobility and magic.

Get angry.

Elliot Grove





Your Comments Please



I just would like to say a little in regards to what Elliot said at the awards, well done on receiving one by the way. And it is fantastic to hear someone say something profound and honest at these events, an example to all that don't use this platform to make a difference.

I however would like to suggest that although anger through art is a good way to demonstrate and project ideas and dissatisfaction with the powers that be, I would say that it achieved very little and is a rather safe way to comment, as oppose to the Arab spring for example. I am not condoning violence at all, but anger rarely brings solution, and is easily corralled into rhetoric and without measure and education turns into a mob.

The 60's and 70's are part of the problem that has led us to where we are now. And although dissenting voices were around they, with a few exceptions, perhaps Hunter S Thompson, wrote and sang and filmed but didn't do much more. Simply put, great films, great songs, but not the words and actions of Martin Luther King or the pictures of Earth from Apollo 11.

I am angry, I am angry that without money you cannot survive, I am angry that without adherence to an outdated and feckless political class you cannot currently make a real difference, I am angry that most people have turned into tennis style fans watching a few journalists, and brave social pioneers (Occupy movement)  attempt to raise issues knowing full well that in a few days the story will have blown over, I am angry that western democracies can dictate to others but not be brave enough to hold their own accountable, I am angry that people do not want to continue educating themselves after they finish school, I am angry that Africa exists in it's current state, I am angry that fear dictates public and political opinion rather than looking to the future optimistically, I am angry that religion still feels it has the right to speak out on public matters; it has as much relevance as an individuals sports affiliation, (and that is an international issue), I am angry that the arts isn't central to government thinking and planning, I am angry that it will take something drastic to shove people from this apathy, I am angry that we are not taught how to be passionate and use passion to create and change and instill self-belief, I am angry that I live at a time that will be looked upon in the future as the "wilfully stupid" years.

We need an education overhaul, education of rational thought, education of a sense of worth, and an education towards the fact the the individual does make a difference in their own lives. Whilst the Arts can comment and reflect and give an escape for people away from their own lives, how much change they can affect is up for debate.

Sorry for the rant...

Love your work, come on British filmmakers!

Andy Franzkowiak
A passionate filmmaker



Totally agree. When I have time I will use my anger at injustice to
creat beautiful works of art in screenwriting that will make the
public laugh hysterically but also cry with all their heart. The worst
thing is that as a doctor I have witnessed firsthand how continuous
bureacratic injustice/poor decision making directly compromises
patient care and leads to death. I have entered into the film/tv world
in order to provide a voice for the truth and a voice for patients'

Looking forward to meeting you at boozin schmoozing.

Wendy Smith


Hey Elliot,

...in terms of anger.
The anger is coming and angers name is Benjamin Wiseman.
Just redrafting iSlave - the Raindance registered script now.

iSlave - The Pitch
A suicidal, bankrupt waiter (Benny Wiseman) takes a corporate boardroom meeting hostage to get money to fix his debt problem.
But, unwittingly discovers a corporate plan to create a continent of debt slaves in South America and a plan for Global Domination using digital money.

Anger is in the post, like a pissed off scorpion in a box.
Enjoy Berlin.


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About Elliot Grove

Elliot GroveCanadian born Elliot Grove founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the
British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007, the Raindance Postgraduate Film Degree in 2011 and Raindance Raw Talent in 2013.

He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films incuding his latest feature film, Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe. Japan and America.

He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008),  RAINDANCE PRODUCERS LAB (Focal Press 2013) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication next year.

Open University awarded Elliot and Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.
He is regularly interviewed. Here is an interview for Canadian television

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