With just two months to go before the General Election, photographer Alison Jackson hits the road in a desperate bid to find a stable of political lookalikes. As the clock ticks towards May 6th she hunts for a Gordon Brown, a Peter Mandelson, an Alistair Darling. Her whistle-stop tour of the country takes her to locations significant in each politician’s political journey. For example: the industrial Scottish town of Kircaldy for Brown; the fishing port of Hartlepool and the night-clubs of Manchester for Mandelson; Loretto public school and a meeting of the Scottish socialist workers party for Darling.
The ostensible purpose of the hour-long film is to find a passable lookalike for these political heavy-weights amongst the people they grew up or lived with – and with this in mind Jackson is armed with megaphone, battle bus, and cardboard cut-outs. The resulting impromptu castings provide a fascinating insight into the world of the wannabe-lookalike. But at the same time Jackson’s tour also manages to take the political temperature of the nation at this key time providing a humorous, observational and informative snapshot of pre-election Britain – and what ordinary Britons really think of their political overlords.