n Law, Democracy & Development - "The past is a foreign country" : official public memory in South African constitutional jurisprudence

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



In their graphic novel, , Alan Moore and David Lloyd created an anarchist anti-hero called V who opposed a fascist regime in a futuristic England by blowing up government buildings. The film version of the novel features the same (anti-)hero and starts with him blowing up the Old Bailey (the Central Criminal Court in London) while the 1812 Overture booms from speakers all over the city. The film ends with the successful blowing up of the Houses of Parliament while the citizens look on in approval. Throughout the film viewers are reminded not to forget the fifth of November - the night in 1605 when a group of English Roman Catholics, led by Guy Fawkes, tried to blow up the Palace of Westminster in order to kill King James I. The plot was foiled and Fawkes was executed. The terrorist V also wears a mask that is reminiscent of a painting of Guy Fawkes.

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