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Spy project out in the open

Created under NZ On Air and the Canada Media Fund’s digital co-pro scheme, Fumes, Justin Pemberton, Jam3 and TakePart.com have released I Spy (With My 5 Eyes).

Now online at ISPYdoc.com – is an interactive think-piece about the tensions between governments, intelligence agencies and individuals as data collection grows and personal privacy is eroded.

The Five Eyes Alliance is a government spying network between the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which allows the nations to share their intelligence. Through interviews with major players filmed across the ‘Five Eyes’ states, the documentary examines the rationale for universal surveillance and cyber security, against the implications this has for freedom and democracy.

Narrated by Lucy Lawless (Xena, Ash Vs Evil Dead), I Spy (With My 5 Eyes) features a diverse range of characters including the ex-director of the NSA and CIA General Michael Hayden, investigative journalist Nicky Hager, cyber security expert Brian Contos, NSA whistleblower William Binney and former Anonymous hacker Gregg Housh.

The online film is served up in five chapters: Behind the Eyes, Cyber Warfare & Espionage, The Chilling Effect, Searching for Terrorists, and Into The Future. Inside each chapter is a visually stunning film featuring additional ‘dig deeper’ content and opportunities for viewers to add their thoughts.

I Spy (With My 5 Eyes) was created and directed by International Emmy nominee Justin Pemberton (whose Richie McCaw biopic Chasing Great is currently in cinemas) and produced by Carthew Neal of Fumes (Tickled, Hunt for the Wilderpeople).

“I wanted the documentary to form a conversation about how the age of surveillance is changing the way our world operates – and to consider where it might be heading,” said Pemberton.

The interactive concept is created by leading digital production and design agency Jam3, winner of the Cannes Lion for interactive documentary Bear71.

Visit ISPYdoc.com and follow the project on Facebook and Twitter #IspyDoc.

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