I Spy (With My 5 Eyes) - now online at ISPYdoc.com - is a beautifully filmed, interactive think-piece about the tensions between governments, intelligence agencies and individuals as data collection grows and personal privacy is eroded.
The Five Eyes Alliance is a government spying network between the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which allows the nations to share their intelligence. Through interviews with major players filmed across the ‘Five Eyes’ states, the documentary examines the rationale for universal surveillance and cyber security, against the implications this has for freedom and democracy.
Narrated by Lucy Lawless (Xena, Ash Vs Evil Dead), I Spy (With My 5 Eyes) features a diverse range of characters including the ex-director of the NSA and CIA General Michael Hayden, investigative journalist Nicky Hager, cyber security expert Brian Contos, NSA whistleblower William Binney and former Anonymous hacker Gregg Housh.
The online film is served up in five chapters: Behind the Eyes, Cyber Warfare & Espionage, The Chilling Effect, Searching for Terrorists, and Into The Future. Inside each chapter is a visually stunning film featuring additional ‘dig deeper’ content and opportunities for viewers to add their thoughts.
I Spy (With My 5 Eyes) was created and directed by International Emmy nominee Justin Pemberton (The Nuclear Comeback, Chasing Great) and produced by Carthew Neal of Fumes (producer of Sundance films Tickled – coming soon to HBO – and Hunt for the Wilderpeople – in wide release now). The interactive concept is created by leading digital production and design agency Jam3, winner of the Cannes Lion for interactive documentary Bear71.
“I wanted the documentary to form a conversation about how the age of surveillance is changing the way our world operates – and to consider where it might be heading”, says Justin Pemberton.
I Spy (With My 5 Eyes) is a New Zealand-Canadian co-production financed by NZ On Air and Canada Media Fund.
After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling wormhole.
Directed by David Farrier and Dylan Reeve. Produced by Fumes’ Carthew Neal. More info at tickledmovie.com
Premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2016, and released by Magnolia in US, Studio Canal in UK, Vendetta by NZ and Australia. Rest of World sales by Magnolia. HBO have a US license.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is written and directed by Taika Waititi, the film starts Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. It is produced by Fumes’ Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders, Taika Waititi and Matt Noonan.
Premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2016, The Orchard are releasing theatrically in North America, Madman and Piki in NZ, Madman in Australia, Vertigo in UK, Synergy in France and Sony for rest of the world. Sales by Protagonist Pictures.
‘Aroha Bridge’ is an animated snapshot of the multicultural melting pot that is Aotearoa.
Focusing on authentic, urban M?ori characters with humour and style, this webseries follows Kowhai and Monty Hook as they navigate the complex but hilarious circumstances growing up in a bicultural, eclectic whanau. The extended Hook family are a micro society unto themselves – jock aunts, ex-All Black fathers, activist uncles and kooky cousins come together to create a multi-cultural medley that all young kiwi urbanites can relate to.
The series is voiced by a talented multi-racial and hilarious cast – Madeleine Sami, Frankie Stevens, Matai Smith, Scotty Cotter, Jessica Hansell, & Rizván Tu’itahi.
‘Aroha Bridge’ is built on the shoulders of ‘Hook Ups,’ a short animated series based on the comic strip of the same name, created by writer and musician Coco Solid (Jessica Hansell). Enjoying a cult following, the creators want to share the evolution with a larger audience by introducing more wh?nau members, including more reo and racial politics in small town suburb ‘Aroha Bridge’.
The series was produced by Piki Films Limited and launched agnostically on 4th July to tie in with Te Wiki O Te Reo M?ori, Maori Language Week. All six 5 minute episodes will be available immediately on Aroha Bridge’s facebook, youtube and various online platforms. Watch at arohabridge.com
The Orchard has acquired the North American rights to “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” at Sundance Film Festival.
With the deal came a commitment for a theatrical release in about 100 markets in North America.
Read more on The Wrap.