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The Freedom of Speech Film [2006]

'The Freedom of Speech' is a work for typewriter and voice about the erosion of civil liberties.
 
The film begins with a blank sheet of paper. A 1950's typewriter re-examines the classic quote about 'sticks and stones may break your bones' about the power of negative criticsm and the independent mind. In the main section of the film we see the typewriter typing backwards - removing the letters and words from the page. The sounds and images are visually related and become conflated.
 
‘In England you can now be arrested for simply standing on the street and reading out the names of those who died in the Iraq war.
This is an unacceptable situation.’ This piece constitutes a peaceful protest against the status quo.