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

Approaching its subject with the sort of clear-eyed narrative focus normally found in Alex Gibney’s films


A terrifying masterpiece

Eminent Monsters’ highly competent contribution is to connect some of the dots and craft a narrative that mostly implicates complicit professionals from the world of psychology and psychiatry.

Leslie Felperin, Guardian

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

…the quantity of detail that it packs in is impressive, and it's particularly strong on emotional communication, getting across better than most the point that the trauma induced by torture doesn't end with escape or release…

Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film