In some ways, these filmmakers were living up to Thatcher’s individualistic ideal better than the people who liked her. “In a certain way we were true models of Thatcherism,” Stephen Frears later recalled, as quoted by film historian Ronald Bergan. Forced to raise money for their projects with little encouragement or assistance (except Channel 4′s program of funding low-budget movies), they responded by becoming enterpreneurs, bringing back a can-do spirit to British film: “We would be working hard in scarcities,” Frears recalled, “and we would transform ourselves into export products.”
But notice that the more “artists” demonized her, the longer she stayed in office.
Same with Reagan and W. and Harper.
In other words, “brave” “transgressive” artists are the accidental, voluntary worker drones of the ruling class.
Imagine an impotent man insisting that he’s just had sex with you — and you came.
That’s what these artists were and are like.