The Fear Engine project is an unsual combination of concept album and multi award-winning documentary by Andy Ross.

A cross section of people from artists, scholars, innovators, farmers, builders, children and everyday people are all asked the same sequence of 10 disarmingly simple but thought provoking questions on the nature of human behaviour and the values that we live by.

The Interviews

STEVE EPSTIEN

Award winning builder and promoter of green building practise

BUILDER

HOWARD JONES

Musician and songwriter who has sold over 8 million albums and continues to perform across the globe

MUSICIAN

LAURA SOLOMON

Specialist in producing photographic images on copper plate

PHOTOGRAPHER

PROFESSOR

MARK STEVENSON

Futurist author and advisor to Virgin Earth Challenge, Atlas of the Future,  and others

AUTHOR

MARIE BENTON

Founder of the 'Choir With No Name' a choir for homeless and marginalised people.

CHIEF EXECTUIVE

ALASTAIR RYLATT

Philosopher and award winning author

PHILOSOPHER

LARA

5 YEAR OLD GIRL

MAX

STEVE HARRADINE

sheep farmer

FARMER

POLLY HIGGINS

Climate activist and leading advocate for International Ecocide Law

BARRISTER

DAN THOMPSON

Social artist writer and speaker. Instigated  post riot clean up phenomenon in UK

SOCIAL ARTIST

JOHN PAUL FLINTOFF

Author, broadcaster, and journalist TED speaker

JOUNALIST

PETER ROSS

Co Founder of Ross & Brown Interior design

DESIGNER

14 YEAR OLD BOY

SIMON BEAUFOY  

Academy Award winner for 'Slumdog Millionaire' and Golden Globe and BAFTA award winner

SCREEN WRITER

ROMAN KRZNARIC

Founding member of 'The School of Life'. Adviser to Oxfam and the United Nations

SOCIAL PHILOSOPHER

GRAHAM STRONG

Australian of the year 2008 for widespread tree belt re generation

SHEEP FARMER

PROF GEOFFREY

BURNSTOCK

Discoverer of purinergic signalling in the brain. Nobel Prize nominee.

NEURO SCIENTIST

DAISY  

8 YEAR OLD GIRL  

Thankyou to the camera operators Will Thaxter, Keith Saunders and Graham Strong who gave up their time to help with the camerawork.

Special thanks to Mark Stevenson who arranged many of the interviews and maintained endless optimism throughout.



Dedicated to the memory of two extraordinary agents of change, Alastair Rylatt and Polly Higgins. R.I.P.

PROF HUGH MONTGOMERY

Pioneer in genetic research. Climate change speaker and founding member of the UK Climate and Health Council.

The Suited Man

The interviews are interwoven with a conceptual ‘art film’ which depicts an ordinary businessman with suit and brief case walking aimlessly from the city into the wilderness where he confronts a symbolic orb.  This is ‘ The Fear Engine’ a metaphor for his deepest fears and his unconscious desire for significance

The Questions

1     Why do people tell lies?


2     Why do people want to be famous?


3     Do you distrust anyone ?


4     Do people need each other to be happy?


5     When have you felt most alive?


6     What is an artist?


7     Why do people fear failure?


8     Does the world need to be a better place?


9     How can we make the world a better place?


10     If you knew you couldn't fail ... what would you do?


The Awards

The film was completed early 2020 and since then has picked up many awards  5 official awards including best documentary feature at the Festigious Film Awards Los Angeles  

🏆 WINNER Best Documentary Feature

Festigious Film Awards Los Angeles 2020


🏆 FINALIST & Honourable Mention: Feature Documentary

Florence Film Awards 2020


🎖FINALIST

International Independent Film Awards -2020

LOS ANGELES


🎖FINALIST

Oniros Film Awards®New York  2020

NEW YORK U.S.A .


🏆Award of Excellence: Documentary Feature

The IndieFEST Film Awards.2020

LOS ANGELES U.S.A .


🏆Award of Excellence: Contemporary Issues

🏆Award of Excellence: Awareness Raising

The IndieFEST Film Awards 2020

LOS ANGELES U.S.A .



THE FEAR ENGINE MULTI MEDIA PROJECT

Andy Ross Film maker

Andy Ross has had a long career in music working as musician, composer , recording artist, record producer, and artist mentor. In recent years he turned his hand to film making.

He has made one film before which won Best Short at the Reel Earth International Film Festival with WELL BEYOND WATER

That film has since gone on to be utilised in many environmental organisations around the world. Including ‘The International Centre for Climate Governance’

THE FEAR ENGINE  is his second film which he made mostly single handed over the course of several years.


Andy Ross Rolls :  Director / Producer / DOP / Cameraman / Editor / SFX / Sound design/ Composer / Actor


Artist Statement

THE FEAR ENGINE

Can 10 simple questions make a difference?

THE FEAR ENGINE is a multi award winning feature documentary that asks a variety of individuals 10 simple but probing questions about the nature of human behaviour and how we might make the world a better place. Interwoven around the interviews is the journey of a suited man walking from city to wilderness where he confronts the fear engine, a metaphor for the driver of our unconscious fears....       

The Fear Engine film is the result of a life long interest in our behaviours and why we do what we do.  The Fear Engine, represented by a floating silver ball adorned with images of ancient monsters and demons, is a metaphor for the driver of our unconscious fears. 70,000 years ago marked the emergence of the cognitive revolution in humans. The conceptual mind evolved and in doing so ushered in the birth of imagination. But with it came elevated levels of fear and anxiety about imagined threats. A blight we sill live with today. The Fear Engine is an attempt to pose questions that will get people talking about the pathologies that lie at the root of our behaviour and encourage us to reflect on how we might work with them for a better world, to promote the better side of human nature and in doing so work towards the possibility of cultivating a world  were we experience kinship, connection, peace, and mutual respect and deny the engine of fear the fuel it needs to burn.

What is preventing us from achieving a more harmonious world?

"The Fear Engine is brilliant both in content structure and simplicity.

A lovely format for introducing serious material in a totally consumable way.

It could be the format for semesters of discussion and sitting people up to go out and really try to impact the world.

A change agent film. This is very special"

Dr. Barbara Wright, Ph.D. founder of Meta4all

The Synopsis

Documentary by Andy Ross

🎖SEMI FINALIST

Los Angeles Film Awards 2020

LOS ANGELES U.S.A .



⭐️ Official Selection

Paris Lift-Off Film Festival 2020

PARIS,FRANCE

⭐️ Official Selection

Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival. 2020

AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

⭐️ Official Selection

Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival 2020

LOS ANGELES U.S.A .

⭐️ Official Selection

Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival 2020

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

⭐️ Official Selection

Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival 2020

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

THE FEAR ENGINE

PROJECT