This Is Britain
This Is Britain’s production approach is inspired by the documentary style of the French Rive Gauche and Latin-American Third Cinema. Films like Chris Marker’s La Jetée (1962) and Jonás Cuarón’s Año Uña (2007) have influenced This Is Britain in the way of using stills in a film as a substitute for moving images. The film collects footage from Google Street View, in a similar fashion as Canadian artist Jon Rafman, who has explored through his work the identities of some of our most common virtual worlds — Google Earth, Google Street Views and Second Life.
The narration, written by the filmmaker, is a deadpan speech inspired by the experimental documentary The Perfect Human by Jørgen Leth, where a man and a woman are subjected to analysis in a zoo-like environment. The filmmaker has claimed that his attempt was to make This Is Britain a human safari through several British cities, as a response to a Leth’s zoo-like approach. This Is Britain rediscovers urban Great Britain and its inhabitants, unfolding the bewitching beauty of the mundane world.