In UK-based filmmaker Jon Rosling’s 2013 debut feature film Five Pillars, ex-soldier Darren returns from the war in Afghanistan to find himself disenfranchised by a society struggling to find its identity. Several critics commented that the societal topic is nothing new. I asked what impact he hoped to make with his film.
Examining Themes About Life in England
“Social realism films are not new in the UK, or any film market, to be honest,” says Rosling. “Some UK ones have made quite a few waves, Shane Meadows' This Is England being probably the most recent notable one. What I think is unique about Five Pillars
- aside from the way we actually made the film - is that in examining a wide range of themes about life in England it also illustrates how each of those themes - liberty, tolerance, community, identity and class - are interlinked and how they shape and, in many respects, underpin the values we have as a people and a country.” READ MORE...