Weird that I have to say this, but we’re not a political site. But we do try to review political films…as films. Ciaran Casey’s documentary, Where You Attwood? Truth Across America, is not necessarily a political film. It’s only political because of its subject, “English truther, podcaster, and poet Mark Attwood.” I’ve never heard of Mark Attwood until now, so here we go.
Where You Attwood? is a straightforward documentary that follows Mark Attwood on a 17-city tour across the United States spanning 31 days. The tour is part of his Truth Tour 2, which occurred in October 2022.
One issue with the film is that it doesn’t show much about Mark Attwood’s message. It hints at it by showing interactions with Mark and his fans, but I had to go on his website to figure out his message.
Attwood is primarily a poet who was called on by God to resurrect the Great (Spiritual) Awakening across the world. God gave Mark the words to speak in the form of poems, and his videos and podcasts found their way to the eyes and ears of tens of millions of people around the world. Very little of this description is in the movie.
What the film is about is Mark Attwood the man. Cameras follow Attwood from his plane flight from the U.K. to his first destination in Sacramento, California. He first travels by RV with a crazy cast of characters, including “Woody” from “Toy Story,” and teasing the appearance of Baby Trump. Due to safety concerns, he switches to a large SUV. At each stop, he speaks to a few hundred people in hotel ballrooms, signs copies of his best-selling book, God Wins, and interacts with his fans.
“…follows Mark Attwood on a 17-city tour across the United States spanning 31 days. The tour is part of his Truth Tour 2…”
The behind-the-scene antics of the tour are what Where You Attwood? is primarily about. It takes a lot to schlep equipment, books, and Mark across the country. He has a small team that travels with him, and nerves are touched occasionally, but everyone is focused on the job at hand.
What makes the tour and film so successful is Mark’s faith and his positive message. Let’s face it: this guy is on the conservative side of the political spectrum and hopes to make America great again. If the film ever gets political, it’s in the fact that it shines a light on the conservative movement hoping to dispel myths that his fans are not bed-sheet-wearing sycophants but fans who have been inspired by his writings and grasp on to the last shred of hope that their worlds will one day be better again.
I doubt Attwood’s message of love and hope is going to fall on deaf ears to those on the more left-leaning end of things. Believe me, we’ll get heat just for reviewing the film. Look, if I have to watch a Beto O’Roarke documentary, it’s only fair that I watch a Mark Attwood documentary on the other end.
Where You Attwood? is specifically made for Attwood fans. You’re not going to get much of his message, but you will get an in-depth look at Attwood, the man. It preaches to the choir, and I honestly don’t think he’ll convert any of his detractors. It would take a miracle, which is pretty much the point of the film.
I give it kudos for its positive message but push back on having to do outside research to know who the man is and his part in the political divide that splits this nation.
"…a poet who was called on by God to resurrect the Great (Spiritual) Awakening across the world."