Accidental Anarchist


Accidental Anarchist is an upcoming documentary, directed by Clara Glynn and John Archer.

Accidental Anarchist is about, ‘One man’s remarkable journey: from diplomat to anarchist. British diplomat Carne Ross worked on Iraq and its WMD, and resigned from the government over its lies before the 2003 invasion. His extraordinary personal and political odyssey culminates in a remarkable encounter with new forms of democracy in the midst of war – in Rojava, Syria. A profound examination of the political and economic problems that confront the world’.


Carne Ross was a government high flyer. A career diplomat who believed in Western Democracy. But working inside the system he came to see its failures, deceits and ulterior motives. He felt at first hand the corruption of power. After the Iraq war Carne became disillusioned, quit his job and started searching for answers.

This film traces his journey across the globe as he tries to answer the question so many people today are asking themselves – isn’t there a better way?

For Carne there is.  Anarchism offers a solution to the brutalities of Capitalism and the dishonesties of Democracy. It offers a world where people have control over their own lives. From the protesters of Occupy Wall Street, to an anarchist collective in Spain, to Noam Chomsky, the grand old man of anarchism himself, Carne finds people who are putting the theory into practice. His journey eventually takes him to one of the most dangerous places on earth: Syria, eight kilometers from the front line with Isis, where a remarkable anarchist state has risen phoenix like from the flames.

A powerful film about one man’s epic journey from government insider to anarchist.

About the People Behind the Film

Carne Ross,  you will learn more about him in the documentary, but in short he is the screenwriter for this film and was a British diplomat who resigned in 2004 after giving then-secret evidence to a British inquiry into the war.

Clara Glynn, as written on the film’s site, is an award winning writer and director who works in drama and documentary.  Her documentaries include I Met Adolf Eichmann and Iran Hostage Crisis for the BBC and Hidden Jews of Berlin for Channel 4. As well as television drama she has written theatre plays, radio drama and an opera libretto.

John Archer is the producer of the fifteen hour long Peabody Award winning The Story of Film: An Odyssey which premiered at TIFF, selling to 35 territories. He has produced over 600 hours of UK network television, including The Director’s Place and has two BAFTA awards. He has directed films for the BBC and Channel 4. As founding Chief Executive of Scottish Screen he backed My Name is Joe, Morven Callar, Sweet Sixteen and The Magdalene Sisters. In 2015 he produced two new feature documentaries which premiered at international festivals: Mark Cousins’ I Am Belfastand Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise.

Liam Barrington-Bush, (his name might sound familiar if you been with Zombie Popcorn for a while). is an author, activist and facilitator. He believes that people are better at organizing themselves, than politicians, bosses or any other selection of white men in suits that usually try to do it for us. He wrote, crowd-funded and self-published a book called ‘Anarchists in the Boardroom‘ looking at enabling self-organization in NGOs, charities and trade unions and has written about people organizing themselves without leaders in the context of Mexican Indigenous land defense movements, migrants camps in France, Greek factory worker occupations and UK families fighting for their homes. He has been involved in Accidental Anarchist, primarily as a researcher, since 2014.

The film is set to be released in Spring of 2017 and while they are not currently (at the time of this post) actively  looking for people to host a screening, you can sign up to host a screening on their site.


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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

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