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Is new Netflix movie ‘The Dig’ a pro-Brexit, white supremacist rallying cry – or just a tale of a famous archeological discovery?

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24.03.2021

The Dig’ is a Netflix film starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James that dramatizes the 1939 excavation of an Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo that transformed our understanding of the history of early medieval England.

The film, directed by Simon Stone and written by Moira Buffini, has been nominated for five BAFTAs, including for Outstanding British Film.

But not everyone is so enamored with the movie, as some see it as a pro-Brexit film espousing white supremacy.

Louise D’Arcens, a professor of English at Macquarie University in Australia, recently attacked the film because it commits the cultural sin of “nostalgically appealing” and “romanticizing” an “imagined continuity between Anglo-Saxons and modern British people that does not speak to the complexity of Britain today.” The horror!

D’Arcens complains the film “re-animates key tropes from the persistent British and American ideology of Anglo-Saxonism,” which she claims “was vital to underwriting white racial supremacy as a mandate for Britain’s imperial power and the expansionist concept of Manifest Destiny…”

When viewed through this distorted lens, ‘The Dig’ transforms from a tame historical drama/love story into a nefarious Brexit propaganda film surreptitiously waving an ‘England for the English!’ banner.

I didn’t see any white supremacy or Brexit sub-text in ‘The Dig’, but rather an utterly banal, benign and innocuous........

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