Director – Michael Oswald
Michael Oswald is an independent documentary filmmaker and artist who uses narrative storytelling and cinematography to produce investigative and observational films that are provocative and controversial. His work explores the themes of power and the shifting perspectives of reality.
Michael owns the entire documentary production process, taking projects from concept to completion, producing unique and stylistic films. This provides Michael with the ability to retain creative and editorial independence outside of budgetary constraints and industry interference.
He studied Philosophy and Social Anthropology prior to discovering filmmaking. He worked for a number of years as an editor and lighting cameraman, later taking on the role of director.
Michael rejected an offer to collaborate with the intelligence services, favoring creative independence. He was informed that this uncooperative stance would make his life very difficult.
His most recent film Princes of the Yen (2014) reveals how central banks bring about and enforce economic, political and social change. It is the sequel to 97% Owned (2012), a film about the role of money in the economy, which has been broadcast on TV screens and in theatres across the globe. His early work includes Generation OS13: The New Culture of Resistance (2011), a pop infused documentary hit, endorsed by sections of Anonymous. The Potemkin League (2010), called the best documentary about LFC. And Northern Lights: Iceland’s Creative Revolution (2010), Dazed TV’s first documentary.
He can be contacted through queuepolitely and hushhushvideo.
Associate Producer – Michael Horwath
Mike formed Queuepolitely during the 2008 credit crisis as a reaction to the continuing media interpretation of events. The coverage of these events are undertaken in a way which seeks to control the narrative and provide predefined solutions. The vision of Queuepolitely was to investigate alternative ideas that exist outside the main stream.
Inspired by the popularity of underground documentaries Mike saw an opportunity to create a new way of producing and distributing documentary films.
Working in the technology industry as a producer/project manager Mike was able to use this knowledge to create a platform and approach to film making that would not immediately require the tradition routes of documentary filmmaking. The goal was to produce, publish and distribute content regardless of financial reward or industry recognition.
Since forming Queuepolitely Mike has worked on numerous documentaries taking up roles as and where needed from conducting interviews, writing scripts, producing and promoting.
Mike has always viewed the world from a slightly different perspective leading to interesting discussions with colleagues, friends and relatives. Queuepolitely has provided a platform to articulate and discuss these perspectives with similar minded people.
Narration – Andrew Piper
Trained: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (BOVTS)
Theatre includes Yes, Prime Minister (West End), John (‘Jack’) Profumo in Keeler (No. 1 Tour), George in Same Time, Next Year (Esk Valley Theatre), Comedy of Errors &Importance of Being Earnest (Oxford Shakespeare Company), Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (NTC), Hamlet in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Jersey Opera House), Phileas Fogg in a musical version of Around the World in Eighty Days (Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong), Banquo in Macbeth (Bridge House Theatre, Warwick), Richard Burbage in Will(Tristan Bates), The Cardinal in The Duchess of Malfi (New Players Theatre) and Shylock inThe Merchant of Venice (BOVTS).
Roles with various repertory companies include: Bryan Snow in Star Quality, Bob Philips inHow the Other Half Loves, and John Terry in Who Killed ‘Agatha’ Christie?
Voice work includes the narration for ‘Titanic: 100 Years in 3D’ for History Channel/Sky, commercial voiceovers for Magnum ice-cream, Martini Rosato, and Cancer Research, and various recordings for the BBC, most recently the voice of John Milton for BBC America/PRI’s The World programme.
Music – Matthew Swinerton
Buro is a collaboration between media composer and sound designer Marc Sylvan and former Rakes guitarist and songwriter Matthew Swinnerton. Taking their cue from the synth led film scores of John Carpenter and the spectral guitar sound of bands like The Durutti Column they interweave drone textures with haunting guitar melodies.
Music – Antonymes
Antonymes music emerges from the adjustments and erasures of ambient, the pace and persistence of minimalism, where music expresses nothing but itself, from the serenity and austerity of Morton Feldman and the profound prettiness of Harold Budd, from the relationship between continuity and repetition rather than of contract and interplay, from secrecy, from quietness, from pause, from thought, from emptiness, from time, from far off, from itself, from where it is set and where it is setting off to.