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Citizen Brand

So it turns out the revolution will be televised after all. ‘Brand’, a full length documentary about the comedian turned political activist Russell Brand, is heading our way next year. The multi-millionaire comedian—who is dating a scion of the Goldsmith family—used a recent appearance on Newsnight to call for the overthrow of the state, claiming ‘profit is a filthy word’.

It sounds like we are in for a treat:

‘This feature documentary film promises to follow his spiritual and biographical journey from comedian turned film star, and husband of pop star, to his present incarnation, following his realisation that he had, in Russell’s own words, “embraced the superficial and doped up times in which we live, only to find it was an empty proposition”.’

Or to put it another way, he has made enough money to live out his days playing the character of a precocious sixth form poet turned student union activist. Brand recently described his co-revolutionary Owen Jones as ‘our generation’s Orwell’; no doubt Jones will soon reciprocate and praise our generation’s Orson Welles. And with his star draw the film will undoubtedly be a success. But where will all the ‘filthy profit’ go?

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