I was asked to produce artwork to accompany an opinion piece appearing within the pages of the TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION in which the author discusses the rejection of a research grant application that he made, not by any academic body but actually on a political level. The proposed title ‘Red Hollywood: Communist Style before the Blacklist, 1917- 1950’ would look at the influence of early Soviet cinema upon it’s American counterparts.

The one film maker name checked within the article was Charlie Chaplin, so for me the obvious next step was to reference his iconic 1936 satire upon capitalism ‘Modern Times’ but this time round his ‘tramp’ brandishes a hammer and sickle to ramp up the soviet associations.