Shockingly relevant to today, the film probes the use of animals as entertainment, as pets, for food, for scientific and military research. Stuffed with footage never before shown, the film is laced with deliciously ironic extracts of government films and newsreels. The makers had unprecedented access, to Roger Ulrich for example, a noted psychologist whose career was built on experimenting on primates until his life took an astonishing turn...
It's not about them, it's about us.
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This was screened in Sweden on national TV at prime time, aired over two nights. As part of the transmission, some of Sweden's more influential politicians were asked to watch the film and discuss it afterwards. Ultimately this led to legislative change in Sweden over the treatment of animals. See more
Despite the strong subject matter and scenes of animal suffering the film was never cut by the BBFC, due to the scenes in the film being genuine and not staged for the camera. However the 1982 Channel 4 showing was edited by the TV channel itself after legal advice and removed a scene featuring Animal Liberation Front members preparing for a raid. See more
Written by Howard Werth See more