[In response to last night’s UKIP: The First 100 Days ]
In a time of great political change, it is important to make sure that people are kept aware of potential terrible events, no matter how unlikely or absurd they are. It is with this bold mission that writer-director Chris Atkins (the man behind Cyberbully, in which Arya Stark is pitted against a digital warlord from House Chatroom) sets off on this grippingly realistic account of a plausible future in which Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality (CURE), a radical party directing anti-establishment feeling towards an imaginary problem, win a surprise landslide victory in the May 2015 elections.
Atkins splices real footage (mostly from various George A Romero films and the Resident Evil game series) with a human story following Bohdan Wojciech, CURE’s newly elected MP for Barking & Dagenham, of which there are plenty of moody beige establishing shots to prevent viewers forgetting where things are happening. Wojciech makes a swift ascent through the the ranks as the party’s only mortal member, guided by their shady senior spin doctor Count Von Bloodbat, but struggles to defend their controversial policies, including secession from the Land of The Living and measures to limit baptisms and crucifix and shotgun imports. Atkins shows great perspicacity in predicting how unpopular the policies of a party that no-one has ever voted for would be with large swathes of the public if somehow put into place.
As riots break out following state seizure of blood banks and cemeteries, Wojciech struggles to bridge the gap with his sister, a Vampire Hunter and Warrior Priestess, who ends up arrested for militant action against Home Secretary Cthulhu. Ultimately, Wojciech makes the tough moral decision to turn down promotion in favour of stopping a Hellmouth opening over his local Tesco.
This show follows in the line of other fact-based triumphs by Channel 4 such as Benefits Street and The Paedophile Hunter in reminding us of the importance of colossal and sustained media attention on marginal threats to liberal democratic society. Sure, CURE only fielded four candidates in the 2010 election, have a fraction of the support of other non-mainstream parties and are largely based on a joke, but does that mean regular people shouldn’t be made to feel terrified that they will stage a coup and build giant milking parlours with which to suck out our brains?
[If you like Zombie Apocalypses, Immigration Swamping or other modern myths, you may like my show Threnody For The Sky Children, which is on at Sunny Bank Mills in Leeds on the 28th of February.Tickets are currently sold out, but they’re free and you can get on a waiting list for them, and there’ll probably be a few no-shows on the night, so, yeah, do that.]