Award-winning filmmaker, philosopher and artist Raoul Martinez discusses his first book Creating Freedom, which explores the limits placed on our liberty by human nature and society, explodes myths at the heart of our economic, political and criminal justice systems, and calls for a profound transformation in the way we think about democracy, equality, punishment and our own identities.
Raoul Martinez is a philosopher, award-winning filmmaker and artist. His first documentary The Lottery of Birth (2012) won a Hollywood film award and spent six months in the number one slot on amazon.com. An independent documentary which explores the forces that shape our identities and limit our freedom. Produced, written, co-directed and edited by Raoul, the world premiere at London’s Raindance Film Festival 2012 led to a nomination for Best Documentary. His first book Creating Freedom (2016) was informed by over a decade of research, had been met with international critical acclaim and been translated into several major languages.
Francesca Martinez is a wobbly* comedian, writer, and speaker who has toured international with sell-out runs at The Melbourne Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She launched her comedy career in 2000 beating a thousand UK comedians including Matthew Horne, Karl Theobald and Jimmy Carr, to become the only woman to win to Open Mic Award. Her best-selling book What The **** s Normal?!, was nominated Best Book in the Chortle Comedy Awards 2015, and runner up in the Bread & Roses Book Award 2015. A regular commentator on TV and radio, Francesca delivers motivational and after dinner speeches across the globe – in 2005 she was nominated for the ‘Motivator of the Year’ Award along with Sir Bob Geldof. She was awarded Public Affairs Achiever of the Year 2013, nominated a Top Ten Game Changer in BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s House Power List 2014, and Hero of the Year in the European Diversity Awards.
*She has mild cerebral palsy but prefers the term ‘wobbly’.