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Stirrer blogger Dr David Nicholl makes his movie debut next month in a new documentary - partly shot in Birmingham - which exposes the erosion of rights in modern Britain.

The film, called Taking Liberties is directed by Chris Atkins who co-produced the award winning Sixteen Years of Alcohol made by ex-Skids man Richard Jobson.

There’s also a co-production credit for Kurt Engfehr, a long-time Michael Moore collaborator who worked on both Bowling For Columbine and Farenheit 9/11.

So where does our man Nicholl come in? Well he’s featured protesting outside the Hiatt’s handcuff factory in Great Barr, which is believed to make shackles used on prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

“We weren’t saying there shouldn’t be a handcuff factory, just that it shouldn’t be selling to regimes that persecute and torture.”

As for the general thrust of the film, he said: “Habeas Corpus was established 800 years ago, but it’s being eroded and people don’t seem to give a toss.

“It seems to me a basic principle that if the state says it’s got evidence to lock people, it should bring that evidence before open court, and have it tested.

“But we have people locked up in Belmarsh Prison in London who’ve been convicted of no crime.”

To see a trailer of Taking Liberties click the screen

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