An interactive exploration of the five eyes global spying network
I SPY (With My 5 Eyes) is an innovative interactive think piece that is supported with funding from NZ On Air and the Canada Media Fund through the Canada-NZ Digital Media Fund (CNZDMF).
The CNZDMF supports projects that involve production companies from both countries. For I SPY NZ producer Carthew Neal from Fumes teamed up with NZ director Justin Pemberton and Canadian digital agency Jam3 to create an engaging and informative interactive documentary.
CNZDMF also requires projects to have relevance to audiences in Canada and in New Zealand. I SPY takes that even further and considers the UK, USA and Australian audiences as those countries are also party to the Five Eyes Alliance.
NZ On Air Funding: $228,033
Canada Media Fund: $200,000 (Canadian dollars)
Director / Creator: Justin Pemberton
Producer: Carthew Neal, Fumes
Narrator: Lucy Lawless
The Five Eyes Alliance is a government spying network between the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which allows the nations to share their intelligence. Through interviews with major players filmed across the ‘Five Eyes’ states, the documentary examines the rationale for universal surveillance and cyber security, against the implications this has for freedom and democracy.
The online film is served up in five chapters: Behind the Eyes, Cyber Warfare & Espionage, The Chilling Effect, Searching for Terrorists, and Into The Future. Inside each chapter is a visually stunning film featuring additional ‘dig deeper’ content and opportunities for viewers to add their thoughts.
Narrated by Lucy Lawless (Xena, Ash Vs Evil Dead), I Spy (With My 5 Eyes) features a diverse range of characters including the ex-director of the NSA and CIA General Michael Hayden, investigative journalist Nicky Hager, cyber security expert Brian Contos, NSA whistleblower William Binney and former Anonymous hacker Gregg Housh.
I wanted the documentary to form a conversation about how the age of surveillance is changing the way our world operates – and to consider where it might be heading— Justin Pemberton, director