Grierson Awards nominee “Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme”. The acclaimed film that exposed Labour's Sir Stuart Bell's as "Britain's Lasiest MP". Against all the odds, BAFTA nominated film-maker and Labour voter John Walsh becomes a Conservative Candidate for a seat in a Labour heartland during the British 2010 General Election Campaign.
When John Walsh’s political satire ToryBoy The Movie was first released in cinemas its revelations sent shockwaves through the national media as it exposed Labour MP Sir Stuart Bell’s alarming neglect of one of the poorest constituencies in the country, resulting in Ed Miliband’s office disciplining Bell over the scandal. The film is back in cinemas for the General Election year to remind audiences that tribal voting communities are easy places for bad MPs to hide.
ToryBoy The Movie is a unique & irreverent insight into British political culture. The film has ignited heated debate at sold out cinema screenings around the country and fuelled the debate about how hard our MPs work for their money and it looks set to expose the next big scandal in politics: MPs who are not doing the job they are paid for.
A staunch Labour supporter all his life, double BAFTA nominated filmmaker John Walsh had become disillusioned with the Labour Party, so when David Cameron opened the door to non-Party members ahead of the 2010 General Election, Walsh decided to do just that and to document his experiences on camera. Within weeks he found himself running as the Conservative candidate for Middlesbrough. What started out as a documentary about a rookie Tory candidate soon became far more controversial when Walsh discovered that Sir Stuart Bell, Middlesbrough’s incumbent Labour MP, had all but abandoned his constituency. In a tenure spanning almost 30 years, Bell had not held a single surgery in the past 15 years……but that was just the beginning.