The trailer shows Cumberbatch’s character seeming to encourage voters to explain their motivations for leaving the European Union, with Cummings asking, “Is it immigration? You can be honest. Is it race? Which countries don’t you like?”
However, screenwriter James Graham responded to the initial reaction to the trailer, writing online, “A lot have seen the trailer for our Brexit film and I can’t wait to engage reasonably to curious questions once it’s actually been seen. Until then, abusive language and misinformation should never intimidate writers/artists working on politically sensitive themes.”
A lot have seen the trailer for our Brexit film & I can’t wait to engage reasonably to curious Q’s once it’s actually been seen. Until then, abusive language & misinformation should never intimidate writers/artists working on politically sensitive themeshttps://t.co/6NCYO6aTkp
The two-hour film is said to explore the data-driven campaigns behind the Brexit political campaigns and the behind-the-scenes decisions that led to Britain’s historic decision to leave the EU.
“At a time when explosive revelations about the mining of personal data and the corrosive effect of fake news and micro-targeted advertising through social media feeds are at the forefront of the news agenda, Brexit explores how modern data-driven campaigning techniques contributed to one of the most unexpected, highly-charged and controversial decisions in modern political history,” Channel 4 said in a statement.
Brexit: the Uncivil War is written by playwright James Graham and directed by Black Mirror and Sherlock’s Toby Haynes. It is a co-production with BBC Studios, Channel 4 and independent UK producer House Productions.
Brexit: the Uncivil War will air on Channel 4 in the UK at 9pm on Monday 7th January 2019. It will be released in the US on HBO at 9pm on 19th January