Things Fall Apart is a part-fictional, part-documentary film following the recent grassroots protests of Coventry City Football Club supporters. The film depicts a disenfranchised community and a local battle for the intangible values of place, identity and belonging, in which a major international hedge fund appears to hold the cards.
The drone of bagpipes echoes eerily across the slope, its spell cast down upon the scruffy stadium below. The Last Post. The piper on the Hill is flanked by a silent crowd, all facing front, eyes cast down towards Sixfields. We wanna go home, we wanna go home...
Set in the heart of the West Midlands, the film depicts the plight of the supporters of Coventry City Football Club, known as the Sky Blue Army, during their recent protests against the uprooting of their club from its city home. Part-documentary, part-fiction, the film's narrative is punctuated by the voice-over of a local woman, who frames the struggle within her own psychological breakdown.
The football club's exile is fuelled by a dispute over a stadium and casino complex, leading to the owners, international hedge fund Sisu Capital Ltd., taking the club to play home games 35 miles outside of Coventry in Northampton. Alluding to the legend of Lady Godiva's protest on horseback through the streets of medieval Coventry, Things Fall Apart traces a tale of a disenfranchised community and a local struggle for the intangible values of place, identity and belonging.
Shot on a combination of super-8 and digital underpinned by a highly-crafted soundtrack, Things Fall Apart takes the documentary subject into a dream-like sensory space, in what might be described as an hallucinatory, or dream, ethnography.
Supported through Grants for the Arts courtesy of the Arts Council England and National Lottery.