Saturday, July 22, 2017

Security guard locks-on with Fracking activists





 I have been filming in Lancashire all week on the month long daily protests against Fracking. This is one of my reports



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Monday, July 17, 2017

Levitation of Swansea's Palace Theatre



 I filmed the attempted Levitation of Swansea's iconic Palace Theatre yesterday.




Originally built in 1888 as a traditional music hall,
the building's original name was the 'Pavilion'. During its lifetime,
the building has been used as a bingo hall as well as a gay nightclub.


The Grade II Listed building is one of just two purpose-built music halls left standing in the whole of the UK.[2]


In the early years of the 20th century stars like Charlie Chaplin, Lilly Langtry, Marie Lloyd and Dan Leno filled the venue.


Sir Anthony Hopkins made his first professional stage appearance there in 1960 with Swansea Little Theatre's production of 'Have A Cigarette'.[3]


Also in the early 1960s, Morecambe and Wise were booked. Ken Dodd was the last stand-up comedian to appear there before it became nightclub in the 1970s.


It was also the first place in Wales to show a silent picture and remained undamaged by the blitz that destroyed much of Swansea city centre during the Second World War.



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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Performing with Sol Cinema - my solar powered picture house


I have been in Liverpool working with Sol Cinema - my solar powered cinema at the weekend. We had a brilliant reception from the public and the Liverpool Echo took this photo
Find out more on http://www.thesolcinema.org/

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Globalization and the Media- Tories and the BBC






If you ever needed evidence that BBC has bias towards the Tories, check this out


A number of high-profile BBC journalists have made the leap into
Conservative politics, including Craig Oliver, David Cameron’s
ex-director of communications, who was a former editor of the News at
Ten, and Thea Rogers, a BBC producer for the political editor, who
became George Osborne’s chief of staff.

Theresa May just
persuaded a BBC journalist for 23 years to switch from BBC to take her
top job in No 10 communications. Robbie Gibb, who heads the BBC’s
operations at Westminster now works for May.


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Women4Oceans networking gathering London



 I filmed this inagural meeting of Women 4Oceans in London. Produced by Zoe Broughton the film shows the exciting networking capabilities of women who want to save the Oceans



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Solar Farm on Gower July 2017




People are investing in this Solar farm rather than trusting the banks for a yearly interest.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lost In London - Official Trailer



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Monday, June 26, 2017

Theresa May and the Holy Grail



Leave it to the comedians to show us the reality of political life


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Adam Curtis - The Rise and Fall of the TV Journalist



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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ADAM CURTIS - British journalist talks to Adam Buzxton..



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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Captain Ska perform Liar Liar outside BBC HQ





 Filmed by Undercurrents.org

Wednesday 31 May 2017
What: Captain Ska & People's Assembly protest & party outside BBC Chart Show
When: Friday 2 June 2017, 4pm - 7pm
Where: BBC Broadcasting Hose, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

Captain Ska's track, accusing Theresa May of being a "Liar Liar" has stormed to the top of the charts - but the radio broadcasters are refusing to play it. The song reached number 4.

The track's promoters, the People's Assembly Against Austerity, and Captain Ska have called for a "protest and party" outside the BBC headquarters as the Radio One Chart Show is aired to demand the track is played. On the facebook event page they stated "If they wont play it on the airways we'll blast the song to the public ourselves!"

Earlier in the week the song hit No.10 on the Big Top 40 download charts but radio stations refused to play the song. Since then the song has hit No.1 in the iTunes download charts

BBC Radio One has said "...our editorial guidelines require us to remain impartial and the UK is currently in an election period so we will not be playing the song"

Sam Fairbairn, People's Assembly national secretary, said "The BBC has been anything but impartial throughout the election campaign with a constant bias in favour of the Conservatives. We believe true public opinion should be heard. The popularity of this song shows people are fed up with Theresa May's lies and a Government who's cut, privatised and attacked the poorest and most vulnerable people for too long now."

Jake Painter, band member and songwriter, said "We're overwhelmed by public support and how news of this track has spread globally from the New York Times to the Australian media and everywhere in-between. The fact we, as an unsigned band, had to rely on the People's Assembly to operate as a label and have managed to get this far is a damning indication of how unpolitical the music industry has become. To have the BBC and other broadcasters censor our song is effectively saying that people can't express their political views through popular culture."

Captain Ska's "Liar Liar GE2017" is a scathing attack on the Conservative's record in office, attacking the Tories over food banks, the NHS crisis, education funding crisis and a drop in living standards.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Another spy cop uncovered

From Spanner Films;
 
Did you see in the news last week that another spycop has been uncovered?

The Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, Andy Coles, used to be “Andy Davey”, spying on activists in London Greenpeace   (yes, the same tiny activist group which Helen and Dave McLibel were in, along with two other known spies). And he was sleeping with a 19-year-old activist, who is now starting legal proceedings against him and says “I was groomed by someone much older, and far more experienced, and I was manipulated into having a sexual relationship with him. I didn’t even know his real name.” 

He has now resigned. 

You only read about that story - and most of the other reveals of spy cops in the last few years - because of the unsung work of the Undercover Research Group. Led by Dutch ‘activist-journalist-detective' Eveline Lubbers, they're an exceptionally dedicated team, all working for next to no money, doing all the donkey work before giving the story to the mainstream media, who then take the credit. For example, the Andy Coles revelation was trailed on the BBC as “reported by Channel 4 and the Guardian” even though Eveline and her team had painstakingly built the case against him for months before any other organisation got involved. 

We now know that more than 100 police spies infiltrated more than 460 activist groups over 50 years - and, of those 100+, less than 15 have so far been identified. Ironically, the Public Inquiry is currently only focussing on spies which have already been outed by the URG (and other campaigners) - meaning that the police themselves are not contributing any additional information to the “public” inquiry. Meaning we will probably only ever know about the spies which Eveline and others manage to out. So you can see how completely vital their work is. Please give them some cash if you can as they’re desperately sort of funds to carry on: http://undercoverresearch.net/donate/





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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Why is BBC news so pro-Tory?

The average age of a BBC1 viewer is 61 according to the latest estimates published by the BBC Trust. Does this reflect why the BBC news is pro-Tory? Do people become more conservative as they age and/or become more wealthy?

It appears so. Rightwing political parties’ best chance of rapidly winning over voters could be via the lottery. A joint Australian and British study has found that lottery winners tend to switch their political allegiances to rightwing parties after their windfalls. They also appear to become less egalitarian and less concerned by the challenges faced by people on low incomes.


Professor Nattavudh Powdthavee, a report co-author at the University of Melbourne, told Guardian Australia that the researchers were studying whether political ideologies are driven by deeply held ethical views or self-interest.

“The amount won in the lottery is completely randomised but we saw that the more you win, the more right-leaning you become,” he said. “You are more likely to favour rightwing ideas, such as lower taxation, and are less favourable to redistributive policies.
So get rich...or try sharing.

To understand more about the BBC and their bias on various issues, check out this page

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Star Trek depicted a united Ireland by 2024 so Irish TV banned it

Did you know....

The 12th episode in the third series of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ was banned and never shown on terrestrial television in Britain or Ireland. That’s because in that episode Commander Data, musing on terrorism in the year 2364, noted that Ireland had been reunited in 2024.

In his study of terrorism, the Star Trek character Data notes that Ireland was unified in 2024. As a result, this episode was not originally shown on free-to-air television in the United Kingdom for many years. It was not broadcast in the Republic of Ireland by the Star Trek rights' holder, RTÉ, during the programme's run.

An Irish economist has his view on things

http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie/2017/04/30/star-trek-boldly-predicting-the-return-of-the-north-in-2024-might-yet-come-to-pass

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

This is a documentary in the style of Michael Moore..but on steroids!

Bigger Stronger Faster is a documentary in the style of Michael Moore..but on drugs!

It follows Chris Bell, a folksy kinda guy with a baseball cap who grew up overweight and lacked opportunity alongside his 2 brothers. We follow his story as he gives us a brilliant and incisive insight into American culture around drugs.

His engaging character allows us to follow his examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture. But he suceeds into giving useful insights into how public perception is shaped and how laws are introduced when the issue is drugs.

An important and useful documentary
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My first film- from 1993 is not "advertiser-friendly"

The first film i ever worked on was in 1993 about the resistance to the construction of the M11 link road in East London. The incredible bravery and imagination of the people who tried to save 1000 mature trees (including a 250 year old Sweet Chestnut in Wanstead) and 280 homes made for a great story.




You've got to be choking
launched Undercurrents as a vibrant alternative video news service for environmental and social activsm. In the time before video on the internet and DVD's we had to use VHS. People subscribed to our videos and we complied compilations of various activist news and posted them out via the mail.
Filming in the early 90's


The film won first prize in Germany at the OkoMedia film festival in 1994. Recently I uploaded the film to YouTube to widen it's distribution. To help fund my own video activism I submitted the video for YouTubes advert scheme to allow adverts to run alongside the video.

Today I received this email from YouTube (owned by Google)

"We didn't approve your video(s) for monetization because the content in your video(s) or video details may not be advertiser-friendly."


In a way it is an indicator of how powerful resistance is. Corporations run away from real stories.



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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Our video report of anti-Brexit demonstration March 25th 2017



I and my colleague Zoe Broughton filmed the massive anti-Brexit demonstration yesterday.
Yesterday, London was filled with chants of "Stop Brexit now!" as 100,000 of people joined the Unite for Europe march. The calls for Brexit to be stopped came just days before the Prime Minister is due to trigger Article 50.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Nazi Art

1937- Half a million people saw the Great German Art show (more than half the population of prewar Munich) but two million flocked to see the exhibition in the gallery next door of ‘degenerate’ art. This wasn’t what Hitler had intended. Clearly, something had gone badly wrong.


Fascinating article on Hitler's view on art



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Friday, March 17, 2017

Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival seeks entries


IWM Short Film Festival is a showcase of imaginative and challenging films inspired by our collections and our role – to explore the causes, course and consequences of war and conflict, and its impact on people’s lives

Call for entries

Call for entries for IWM Short Film Festival 2017 closes midnight Friday 28 April 2017.
Entries will be accepted in two categories:
  • Documentary
  • Creative Response 
There will be four additional awards:
  • IWM Special Category: States of Emergency
  • Best Student Film
  • Best Use of IWM Archive Material
  • Audience Vote Award
All shortlisted films will be screened at IWM London from 17-26 November 2017. Filmmakers will also be in with a chance of having their film screened at Picturehouse cinemas.
Prizes for 2017 include:
  • An archive and restoration package of up to £10,000 with R3Store Studios Ltd
  • A 12 week paid internship with October Films
  • 5 days free access to a fully equipped studio space or High End post-production facilities at London South Bank University
     
http://www.iwm.org.uk/corporate/projects-partnerships/iwm-short-film-festival?dm_i=1KN7,4TU9B,OM8AUV,I7ZHS,1


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£4000 prize for investigative journalism outside London

A cash prize for investigative journalism is being launched in memory of the distinguished former World In Action editor Ray Fitzwalter, who died last year following a long battle with illness.

The award, which will be made to recognise the work of investigative journalists working outside London, is to be launched by Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass at this month’s Nations And Regions Media Conference, held at The Lowry at Salford Quays and hosted by the University of Salford.

It will mark the huge contribution made by investigative journalist Ray Fitzwalter, who edited Granada’s flagship current affairs programme for 17 years.

The Bury-born journalist developed a reputation as a fearless programme maker over his long career, creating hard hitting documentaries dealing with corruption in business and government, and famously ending the career of home secretary Reginald Maudling after uncovering his links with architect John Poulson.
He also covered the slaughter in East Pakistan which led to the birth of Bangladesh and, as head of current affairs at Granada, commissioned a series of documentaries on the Birmingham pub bombings which exposed one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in British legal history.

Later, he formed his own production company and became a founding member of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He also chaired the Nations and Regions Media Conference for several years and became a visiting professor at the University of Salford.
The award will be launched at the conference on Tuesday March 28 by Ray’s former World In Action colleague Paul Greengrass, who went on to direct Hollywood hits.
He said: "This is an important award, celebrating the very best of investigative journalism as a time when communities across the UK are fragmenting and fake news is growing rapidly. I’m pleased to be launching the award in Ray’s memory."

The first award will be made at 2018’s conference, with the winner being offered access to significant mentoring in addition to the cash prize which must be spent partly on carrying out future investigations.

A panel of distinguished journalists and programme makers, including ITV’s controller of current affairs Tom Giles and Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs Dorothy Byrne, will take part in the launch event and act as judges for submissions which will be accepted from September onwards.

The prize, which will be announced every year for the next five years, has been sponsored by the University of Salford’s School of Arts and Media, Channel 4, ITV, and David and Elaine Potter from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Ray’s wife, Luise Fitzwalter, said: “Ray would be both amazed and slightly embarrassed about the idea but would totally approve.”

The University of Salford’s Beth Hewitt, Director of the Nations and Regions Media Conference, said:  “Ray's contribution to investigative journalism was exceptional, he stands as an inspirational figure for anyone working in this field – particularly in this era of fake news.
“Ray passionately believed in the power of journalism to expose the truth and this Award is a most fitting tribute to his remarkable career.”

The conference, now in its 23rd year and celebrating excellence in a climate of opportunity outside London, takes place from March 28-29 and includes a keynote speech from Ofcom chief executive Sharon White, speaking just days before the regulator takes over responsibility for holding the BBC to account.

Bob Shennan, the BBC’s newly appointed Director of Radio, will share his thoughts on the future of the format with Radio 5 Live breakfast presenter Rachel Burden, Line of Duty producer Simon Heath and Happy Valley producer Nicola Shindler will talk about the success of TV drama across the UK, and the makers of Channel 4’s Educating series will share some secrets of their success.



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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Want to celebrate International Women’s Day ? That will be £6 please

IWW ‘Bread and Roses’ Textile Strike in Lawrence, MA, 1912.
An article pubished today by a friend makes a good point about entry fee to celebrate women. She writes...

Three weeks ago I was invited to do a 15-minute TED-style talk at an upcoming International Women’s Day event that a local bar is organising. After they accepted my proposed topic, I received unexpected news that anyone wishing to attend would be charged £6 entry fee. This immediately made me feel uncomfortable, my initial thoughts being:
  • Why is there a door tax for an event that should be inclusive?
  • Why, if a fee is being charged, are the speakers not being paid?
  • Why is none of the entry fee being donated to a charity or campaign group that supports the aims and values of IWD?
“International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”
When we celebrate an event or occasion, we reflect on achievement, progress, a journey. There is performance, ritual, praise, we do something special in honour of the event in question. So to celebrate women we will look to the past to see how far (or not) we’ve come.
Read more

#BeBoldForChange

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Women’s Film Night- in Oxford


  • to
  • Film Oxford (OFVM)

    54 Catherine Street, Oxford OX4 3AH (map)
  • Film Oxford is on the corner of Howard St and Catherine St. We have a bike lock ups and a few car parking spaces behind the building off Catherine St.
  • Next Open Screen at Film Oxford, 54 Catherine St, OX4 3AH 7:30-9:30pm, Thursday 9th March 2017 - ALL WELCOME

    Women’s Film Night: an evening of empowering films by and about women, including the film made on the Reel Women course the same week – part of Oxford International Women’s Festival.

    This evening we will be screening "Ramala Prison" -  a short documentary about a UK group, campaigning for Palestinian women, who were held in an Israeli detention center. They secretly documented their imprisonment. One of the women will be there to talk about the film and updates on the current Palestinian situation.

    There will also be a screening of part of "It's A Dog's Life" - an award winning documentary about an undercover investigation into Europe's largest animal testing facility which was broadcast 20 years ago this month. The diarist will be there to discuss her experiences.

    The film made on the Film Oxford Reel Women course will be about local author Sylvia Vetta whose latest book ‘Oxford Castaways 3’ will be launched on the 9th March. This will be the final castaways book and the proceeds will go to Sobell House.
    Open Screen is an monthly event where you can watch and discuss locally made films, meet other filmmakers – ranging from beginners to professionals – and hear about upcoming Film Oxford courses.
https://www.meetup.com/Open-Screen-Oxford/events/238083364/


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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Has Lenovo ripped our concept off?


“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" said Oscar Wilde

However I am not sure if I am being flattered by tech giant Lenovo today.

In 2015 my own Sol Cinema featured in the Lenovo advert for their new Yoga3 Tablet. Lenovo made great effort to bill Sol Cinema as 'the smallest cinema in the world' (see screen grab above from their Facebook page for example).

Or watch the video advert here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwj0peSRctg

Today Lenovo released a video showing people entering a white and red box with ushers and popcorn with Lenovo banners all around it. They have dubbed it 'World's Smallest Cinema' 

Watch the video here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj0lw6dVR7U

In 2015 we pitched the idea of travelling the UK with the Sol Cinema to help promote the new Lenovo Tablet. So it is very surprising to find that they have taken our concept and made it their own! Cheeky

#lenovo

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

People who dislike the Sun and other tabloids are taking action in their supermarkets

People who dislike the Sun and other tabloids are taking action in their supermarkets


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Grow For It 2017 funding is now open for applications!


Know  any talented and imaginative young people aged 12 - 25 to raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants?

With two funding options– Transform a Space and Get Creative there's something for everyone. Young people can apply today to be in with a chance of receiving £500 to bring their projects to life!

Successful projects will be selected by a judging panel of young people, from across the UK, who have previously been involved with Grow Wild.

Applying is easy! You just need to create a short video application and send it to us. Learn more about the funding options by watching the short videos below or click here for more information on how to apply.




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Protests against Trump in London and UK

Tomorrow Protests will kick off across London against Trump becoming President of the USA

No to Trump

Friday 20 January | 5-8pm
US Embassy
24 Grosvenor Square
Mayfair
London
W1A 2LQ

Women's March on London

Saturday 21 Jan | 12:00


This march, which is inclusive and open to all, assembles at Grosvenor Square W1 and ends with a rally on Trafalgar Square.

For events in other parts of the country see here.







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