Guide to Ideology, the new feature documentary from director Sophie Fiennes and philosopher Slavoj Zizek, continuing the collaboration begun with The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2006). Fiennes’ last film Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow was an Official Selection at Cannes 2010.
The BFI Film Fund, Film4, Channel 4 and the Irish Film Board combined to finance with new UK equity company Rooks Nest Entertainment. UK Film Council funded the development. The film is an official UK Irish co-production, between P Guide Productions and Blinder Films.
James Wilson (Attack the Block), Martin Rosenbaum (The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema), Blinder’s Katie Holly (One Hundred Mornings) and Sophie Fiennes produce.
Dubbed variously ‘the closest thing philosophy has to a superstar”, ‘the undisputed spritz master of cinema studies” and “the world’s hippest philosopher’, Slavoj Zizek is a world-renowned public intellectual – author of over 50 books, published in 20 languages.
The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, which Time Out described as ‘Red Bull delivered intravenously’, explored how in movies we encounter the traumas we cannot confront in reality.
Now Zizek and Fiennes show us what psychoanalysis can tell us about ideology, by using their inventive interpretation of cinema to examine the mechanisms that shape our beliefs and practices.
For Zizek ideology is not just for extremists, it is the name for the unconscious fantasies that structure our daily lives. Fiennes shoots Zizek in replica studio sets from iconic films such as The Sound of Music, Taxi Driver, The Dark Knight, Triumph of the Will and Titanic, and on location in Salzberg, Austria and in California.
Executive Producers are Shani Hinton, Katherine Butler for Film4, Tabitha Jackson for Channel 4, and Michael Sackler and Julia Godzinskaya for Rooks Nest Entertainment. Lizzie Francke supervises the production for BFI Film Fund, which Tanya Seghatchian initiated for the UK Film Council. Alan Maher brought the project into Irish Film Board. Hinton negotiated the financing for the producers.
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