“One of the best films about the Balkan conflict” (Dox Magazine)
“A remarkable story a remarkable film” (The Glasgow Herald)
“Nothing short of a glimpse into the abyss” (The Scotsman)
“Hasn’t got a story!” (Scottish Screen Film Officer)
Victim of Geography is a ‘camcorder generation road movie’ with a story (despite what some might say otherwise) that starts in Sarajevo (a war-zone) and ends at Cape Wrath at the very end of Scotland (a NATO firing range) It was a journey during which events in the Balkans eventually caught up with us and overtook us as the clash of civilizations which many thought of as being far-away started to become very, very close:
Somebody had set off a grenade in the multi-ethnic melting pot of the Balkans and my film was following a shock-wave out across Europe.
Armed with a new generation digital camcorder I set out to write directly with the camera to tell a story and capture the spirit of the time (the Zeitgeist) of Europe at the end of the 20th century. It’s a film without mediation by one-dimensional TV presenters, pious geopolitical experts or even conventional narration. Needless to say all of this got me into a great deal of trouble with the TV financiers of the film who were at that point starting to cultivate their unhealthy obsession with Celebrity culture and TV Chefs.
In Victim of Geography the sad, mad, bad and beautiful people I filmed are more ‘Anti-Celebrities’ telling their own stories directly to me and my camera,opening windows onto worlds and geographies we don’t often get to see. That’s of course if – as the films opening statement says – you’re prepared to open up your eyes and try to see things differently for yourself.
Silver Wolf Competition selection IDFA International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 1999
Best Documentary Skopje Film Festival 2000
A Pictorial Heroes Production in association with Channel 4 Television UK,The Scottish Arts Council Lottery Film fund and The Glasgow Film Office