See You in the Next War / Vidimo Se U Sledećem Ratu!:
I never set out to make a film about Radio B92. A good friend Matthew Collin was writing what in my view is the definitive book on the subject ‘‘Serbia Calling’ (which possibly in the future might even end up being a Hollywood movie!) Then there was the fact that at that time they were the darlings of MTV’s ‘Free your Mind’ campaign, while many western governments and their intelligence services saw the station as a great vehicle for pop and propaganda. So I didn’t see the point in going where other established film-makers (and spooks!) had gone before. However all that changed in the process of filming and being inspired by the sheer commitment, sweat and passion of the reluctantly exiled DJ Gordon Paunovic from the station in Vienna. I found myself on another wing-and-a-prayer Balkan road trip shuttling between Belgrade, Skopje, London, Amsterdam and Vienna; Crossing borders – mostly illegally – during NATO’s campaign against Serbia which would culminate in the downfall of war criminal Slobodan Milosevic’s regime. Along with setting out to document the fall, rise and selling out of a rebel radio station that was caught inbetween a rock and a hard place (The bombs of NATO and the mafia-state of Slobodan Milosevic) the 2 films that make up See you in the Next War (in Serbian: Vidimo Se U Sledećem Ratu!) are a record of time, place, memory and atmosphere. They are testimony to a group of brave people that wanted to live in another world without fear, real or virtual borders. This sense of a shared spirit of resistance that crosses all borders was also reflected in how the film was eventually put together as an international co-production between B-92/ANEM, the DvD studios in Skopje and Pictorial heroes. Sadly it was also a film too far on my part.Out of money, out of luck and with little – in fact no UK broadcaster interest in the project – and losing patience with the Balkan conflict in Skopje (and a war that didn’t happen – thankfully) it was the last production to be made by Pictorial heroes.
A Freedom Fighter Film in Association with Pictorial Heroes, The DvD studios Skopje, B92/TV ANEM Serbia and the Glasgow Film Office
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