It’s now 2 years since Codename Rendlesham was finalised and released. With the caveat that few productions and/or witnesses from the US have visited the UK in this time, the Rendlesham story, like many things has seemingly stood still….for now. As underlined in the documentary, the legend of Rendlesham has relied on a constantly evolving narrative, with emerging revelations and claims of new evidence surfacing every few months. Whether or not this evolutionary pause of the story represents the gradual onset of it’s ageing, or we’ll see a sudden revitalisation, remains to be seen. I’m hedging my bets towards the latter for now.
One of my background intentions with this film, was that by viewing multiple viewpoints without too much judgement ( hopefully ), it would shine a small light on these different takes and how each are valid in their own way. A belief system where alien beings visiting a Suffolk forest might be a distinct reality, or a factually driven, hard data approach to sifting through the nuts and bolts, are both equally valid from different viewpoints. The subject and place itself, are what bring those seemingly different thought processes together.
Because of this approach to what’s become a divided subject, the film has had a mixed reception, including some amusing assumptions that this film was MOD or militarily funded ( smile emoji ). I suspect that it’s because it appears to have challenged some belief systems by presenting facts and opinions, that seem to undermine them. However, facts and opinions aren’t always solid non movable things, they too evolve over time, if we let them.
I’m hoping to further explore this much misunderstood relationship, between fact based research and alternative belief systems in Tin Foiled, a documentary that will hopefully challenge what you thought you knew about conspiracy theory. Is belief in so called conspiracy theories really that dangerous and if so, for who is it a danger? It’s a touchy subject right now, but hopefully it will engage it respectfully. One question that’s on the list.. does a belief, or interest in UFO’s automatically make somebody a conspiracy theorist?
I’ll sign off with the admission that I’m firmly in the “I Want To Believe” camp, but maybe I’d also add “It’s Okay To Believe”. It’s all good.
Codename Rendlesham is available to view here at the new price of £2.50 buy/£1.50 rent