Bradley Manning Had Secrets will be in competition at the 58th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.
Adam Butcher created Bradley Manning Had Secrets for Animate Projects’ 2011 commissioning scheme, Digitalis Commissions, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
The film conveys the story of Bradley Manning, not as a Wikileaks ’hacktivist’, but as a young American soldier simultaneously going through a crisis-of-conscience and a crisis-of-gender-identity. Using Adrian Lamo’s chat logs of instant messenger conversations he had with Bradley, the film explores issues of personal and political secrets, digital identity and alienation.
Watch the Animate Projects interview with Adam Butcher on the making of the Bradley Manning Had Secrets below:
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival runs from 26 April - 1 May 2012. Highlights this year include retrospectives of provocative artist Roee Rosen (currently in exhibition at Rivington Place, London) and British experimental filmmaker Vera Neubauer (who made Hooked for Animate in 2002); and discussion events around public television, found footage and the web. Details of the full programme can be found here.