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In the future, prisons will be overrun. Authorities will provide access to jails via online portals. Advertisers will fund the jails and subscribers, able to access any felon day or night, will sign up in their millions. This is progress. It stops for no-one. So take it from one who knows, one of the watched; one day, dear subscriber, this will be you.
HARDIN JONES 2009-2039
the film
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Using RFID tags, mobile phone triangulation, credit cards, internet cookies, consumer patterns, gait & face recognition and keystroke programs, we are being watch and monitored 24/7 in all areas of our lives.


A recent erosion of civil liberties has introduced further draconian measures, including on the stot DNA swabs, bio-data passports and the NIR.


All collected information is indexed by the National Identity Register (UK) and NSA (US). The number allotted to you becomes the key to your whole life. And by 'information sharing' whatever you tell one civil servant can be passed on or sold to anyone. 


Transformational government sounds nicer...until you understand what's being transformed is not the government but their power over the people.


Further expansions to the system include ID interrogation centres, ID cards, ePassports that collect data about your travel, international eBorder passes that collect and exchange Passenger Name Record Information with foreign nations, recording all car journeys using ANPR, ID cards for all public services, central medical records with no privacy, biometrics and RFID chips in schools, fingerprinting children as young as 4 and 5.


Contact Point, a data base collecting sensitive information on every child, fingerprinting in bars and pubs, expanding the Criminal Records Bureau and DNA database, new police powers to check identity.


None of which will stop criminal gangs setting up fake ID factories using printers bought in high street shops.


The new laws are not there to protect you, but to control you. Once our freedom is gone, it's gone for good.


Every system gets abused. If someone has your DNA the possibilities are endless. Especially if you take on The System. This is not the future. It is now.


So stay off the radar: Dump credit cards, loyalty cards and payday loans. Use cash, swap travel cards, vary the type of search engine you use, carry an RSID wallet and burner phone and give false information to social networking sites (the CIA can access data from Google and Facebook - they funded the start-ups).


When they want you to be criminalized, they'll have all the information needed at their fingertips. You gave it to them. This is consent.


So be a free man. Stay off the radar.


NASH JONES August 2039.

The facts

A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, news-paper editors and schoolteachers - Brave New World

The mission
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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day or it is rotten. The living sap of today outgrows the dead rind of yesterday. The hand entrusted with power becomes, either from human depravity or espirit de corps, the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continued oversight can the democratic in office be prevented from hardening into a despot; only by unintermitted agitation can a people be sufficiently awake to principle not let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance




Well-crafted, powerfully acted, and hums with contemporary resonance

- Brian Viner, Daily Mail


A cohesive vision of the future shooting with style to spare

- Oscar Goff, Boston Hassle

The film requires careful attention and thought. For audiences willing to put in that effort, the pay-off is more than worth the time

- Josh Hancock, Morbidly Beautiful


Division 19 hits this idea in a truly unique fashion with a smattering of suspense and is overall an incredibly smart thriller...There really is just so damn much to love here

- Ron Trembath, Train Wreck Society

Division 19 is a film about the downtrodden, the effects big business has on the middle to lower class and what it looks like when we resist. It is beautifully written, masterfully executed from dialogue to character development and perfectly captures the pulse of current society with a futuristic twist

- Wesley Collins, Red Carpet Crash


Like a combination of the Truman Show, Hunger Games, and the Purge all mixed into one. What it does well is present a case of urgency for something that’s a problem now

- Robert Mendoza, Geekisphere

The film’s use of practical effects, set designs and real locations are a breath of fresh air. It gives Division 19 a level of grit and realism. The writing is smart and darkly satirical. Halewood manages to handle the topic with a level of nuance that’s unexpected and shows her talent as a writer. It’s worth a watch

– Dustin Kogler, Your Entertainment Corner


Full of action, spirit and style, this is a film which has the makings of a cult classic. Like Blomkamp’s District 9, Halewood proves that you don’t need a big budget to create a great, compelling and thought-provoking film

– Bianca Garner


Halewood manages to build a small but believable little space that feels appropriately sullied and ruined by over consumerism and an oppressive literal eye-in-the-sky Government Force, keeping tabs on every single citizen. Lead Draven does plenty good as a guy over-drugged and out of sorts, manipulated and dehumanised, trying to reconnect to what he thinks, or at least remembers as real life. Looks great and features a slew of strong performances

- David Duprey, ThatMomentIn

This movie is sure to keep you thinking, even when it is to try and figure out what is happening. In some parts, there are up to three stories running simultaneously and it seems like there is no harmony between them and it requires from a major effort from the viewer to keep up with the line of events. If you manage to get over this problem and get interested in the socio-political critique about how the digital world is currently moving and what it can become, this movie can be very interesting

- Dante Yurei

The ideas that drive this film are definitely interesting ones. Hardin is a great metaphor for all of us living in a technological age; a man whose privacy is sacrificed for the sake of corporate greed. In fact, his lack of privacy isn’t even a decision he makes, which is increasingly becoming the case even more in our real world… I’m going to keep watching the stuff S. A. Halewood puts out.


Division 19 certainly looks stylish, and from the dialogue, it is obvious that S.A. Halewood has a voice and view on the modern world.



The year is 2039.  The world has progressed into an amalgam of social media anonymity and dystopian programming.  The penal system has been co-opted, allowing citizens to dictate day to day choices for inmates, such as what they eat and wear.  As mega corporations attempt to evolve the concept into an entire town of programmable convicts, a group of rebels attempts to destroy the system from within.  S.A. Halewood's third feature film attempts to leapfrog past the expected tropes of the genre and focuses on the loss of personal agency in the wake of governmental and technological control with mixed results. 


The script (written by Halewood) stays within the lines whenever it can, but whenever it breaks with tradition, Division 19 becomes far more interesting.  There are minor gaps in logic that create a cyclical ambiance, which in retrospect, is perfect, given the subject matter.  Wearing its influences on its sleeves, this film is a welcome foray into the dark side of the electronic age, a topic that becomes more relevant every day.  One of the most interesting aspects of the film is its production design.  Halewood and her crew use various tricks throughout to present a lived in, used up world that is bifurcated into a hellish wasteland and a sterilized over-world of mindless consumption.  


Linus Roache (Mandy) heads an outstanding ensemble as a corporate operative at odds with both rebels in the streets and professional rivals eager to unseat him.  The dichotomy between these two levels grows thinner as the narrative progresses with agents from the prison population coming into contact with the upper echelons.  Ultimately, there are pieces of a grand design hidden underneath the low budget veneer, and while they fail to coalescence into anything fresh, the undeniable grit of the cast and crew shines, particularly with an excellent cameo from The Wire alum Clarke Peters.


While comparisons to Blomkamp are unavoidable, Ben Moulden’s washed out cinematography creates a unique identity for Halewood’s vision.  There are the usual trappings of a VOD science fiction film, yet, they are housed within an undeniably slick package, that ultimately pushes Division 19 above the rank and file. Available today for streaming on demand, Division 19 is a predictable, but fun sci-fi romp through familiar oppressive territory.  Building upon ideas explored throughout the decades, it presents a dingy, soiled mirror of the world we live in today and more importantly, where we're headed.  If you're more interested in the ride than the destination, this is an excellent popcorn experience that shows its creator has a lot to offer the medium.  


- Kyle Jonathan 

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