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By midlandsmovies, May 6 2020 07:32AM

Midlands Spotlight on REDtBLUE by Jay Martin

Mansfield based writer and director Jay Martin is about to launch a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds to cover the cost of post-production for his political documentary REDt’BLUE. We find out more about this film which covers political changes in the Midlands.

REDt’BLUE details the factors which led to Mansfield being won by the Conservatives for the first time in the 2017 snap-election. A turn which shocked the nation and set a new course for the town, the film will be the first documentary made about Mansfield in over 50-years.

The filmmaker plans to take a neutral look at the politics and the mining heritage in order to enlighten the people of Mansfield as to its current political standing.

To this point, the film has been entirely self-funded and made by a team of dedicated Midlands filmmakers, who are trying to bring attention to Mansfield as an incredible filmmaking base for Nottinghamshire.

REDt'BLUE begins its first act by recounting Mansfield history, which was born off the back of the coal industry and was once a centre for coal and fabric production for the whole of the north. All that changed when Margret Thatcher came to power in the 1980’s, sparking riots and closures.

Jay goes on to explain, “After a six-month research period, I knew there was a fascinating story to be told here. One challenged our political biases, that details the towns’ history, and rich mining heritage, but also a fascinating political story, full of twists and turns, and a perfect set of circumstances which finally allowed for that Conservative banner to fly above the town”.

“Playing both filmmaker and journalist, all while trying to conceal my own political beliefs proved difficult at times, but I knew it was essential to leave my own biases at the door, in order to take a neutral look at the factors. I had decided early on that this was a fascinating enough story, without me to inserting my own political ideologies into the story”, adds Jay.

“In the end, it worked out for the best, I’m proud of REDt’BLUE, being my first documentary, and second ever film project, it was a huge undertaking and a difficult road, but I’m proud that my town now has a film that can both inform, and hopefully move a few viewers in a way that no other project about our town has done before”.

Finally, Jay points out, “At a recent private screening, an old miner came up to me after the film had finished, and said that he felt, ‘You’ve really captured the beauty of the town, and you know what, I know a little bit more about Mansfield's’ politics now than I did before’”.

For more information check out the film's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/redtbluedocumentary

And keep an eye out for their Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign which launches June 1st and runs until June 14th


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