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

Emiment Monsters : Synopsis

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


“He took an oath to “do no harm”, but left a legacy of suffering”

In the 1950’s the CIA and Canada covertly funded Scottish born psychiatrist Dr. Ewen Cameron to embark on the darkest program of psychological experimentation in modern history. Subjecting his “patients” to sensory deprivation, sensory overload, LSD injections and extreme physical and mental torture, Cameron’s techniques have since been used in 27 countries around the world.

With testimony from senior American psychologists, military personnel and key whistleblowers, director Stephen Bennett shines fresh light upon claims of collusion between doctors and the state and lays bare the legacy of pain left behind by Cameron.

From the establishment of a mind control laboratory in Montreal and the humiliation and terror of Guantanamo, to the “Hooded Men” of Belfast seeking justice and reparation at the European Court of Human Rights, Eminent Monsters: A Manual For Modern Torture is an urgent call to the international community to right the wrongs of the past and protect us from a dangerous future.