THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN
Roy Hanney. UK 1992
short film shot on Betacam SP
film duration: 23min
Produced: Roy Hanney
Writers: Richard Hayden; Torquill Mcleod; Dominic Wright; and Roy Hanney.
Winstanley's Dialogues: Richard Hayden
Music: Paul James & Blowzabella (from the album »A Richer Dust«- Plant Life PLR080)
Art Director: Bella Kerr
Director of Photography: Colin Butler
17th C. Props provided by: Phil & Sue Allmark of Henry Bards Regiment, The Sealed Knot Society.
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Historical Consultant: Chris »Kount Kristoff« Brown of Stephen Hawkins Regiment The Sealed Knot Society
Fight & Historical Sequences: The Sealed Knot Society, Regiments; Col. Stephen Hawkins, Sgt. Major General James Carr's, Earl Rivers, all of the Sealed Knot Society
Set in the present time the story is narrated by a historical figure, Gerrard Winstanley, an important writer and figure head for the Diggers movement. The story ghosts a past struggle against the enclosure of common land through a series of flashbacks. The film explores how our relationship to land and ownership has not changed since the Diggers claim that England is a 'common treasury for all'
The film begins in London as two squatters, Sam and Cath are evicted from their home. Now homeless, they travel to the country to stay with friends, Michael and Jane, who are living on a farm, searching for the 'goodlife'. However the farm is not the tranquil idle they seek. Trouble is brewing and the locals are trying to evict a traveller band that is camped out on the farm. The farmer Michael is caught between his liberal beliefs, the local's prejudices and his relationship with Josh, the traveller's leader.
Through a series of flashbacks the struggle of the Diggers in 17th Century England parallels the story, and echo's of a battle fought long ago on this same land begin to creep into the tale. Illustrated by Winstanley's prose, the film questions our relationship to the land as inevitably, peoples true feelings begin to rise to the surface leading to a tragic final conflict.