Manufactured Britishness

Inspired by the compulsory ‘Life in the UK’ test, Manufactured Britishness imagines a future where immigrants must undergo physical assessments to demonstrate their worth as prospective British citizens.

Set in post-industrial locations that have ceased to bring any value to the economy, these areas are turned into training zones where immigrants are tested on their ability to sing Messiah by Handel, show an appreciation for Newton, and demonstrate a calm demeanor when dealing with social accidents and emergencies – all strictly aligned with Britain’s customs, culture and values. At what point does one ‘become’ British?

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Regional Premiere


Kristina Cranfeld


United Kingdom