A self shooting observational documentary producer/director making engaging, thought-provoking films about real people, often filming over extended timeframes.

Emiment Monsters : Reviews

A Manual for Modern Torture

1 x 52'
1 x 89'
My Role
John Archer
Prod Co
Hopscotch Films
BBC Scotland
Creative Scotland
World Premier
Glasgow Film Festival
March 2019

Eminent Monsters passes a powerful message that needs to be spread far and wide. Apart from its extremely disturbing accuracy in depicting the effects of torture, the film impressively highlights the replication of the same sinister logic in present day contexts, including mainstream entertainment, and illustrates the near complete lack of accountability despite abundant evidence of grave violations.

Prof. Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on Torture United Nations

Eminent Monsters is a compelling look at the trajectory of psychological torture in the US and around the world. Devastatingly, the impact of everything revealed by this film is still felt today by men in Guantanamo Bay who were subjected to the most horrific practices. Psychological torture destroys entire families – we must do all we can to stop it happening and Eminent Monsters is a crucial step forward in achieving that.

Katie Taylor, Deputy Director Reprieve

We need to move away from being driven by obtaining confessions and instead approach interrogation from a position of investigation. What this film allows us to say is that what is happening is totally unacceptable.

Dr Barbara Bernath, Secretary General, The Association for the Prevention of Torture

An incredible film. Eminent Monsters gives a unique and clear understanding of the "14 hooded men" case. Judges should see the film when they use it as a point of reference in deciding what is torture.

Dr Pau Pérez-Sales, Psychiatrist, Resource Center in Mental Health and Human Rights, Madrid