Thursday, March 30, 2017

off to sell my film on democracy in France as Britain Brexits!

Off to MIPdoc film festival in Cannes, France to sell my film about democracy just as Britain triggers formal notice to leave the EU following the biggest popular vote in British history!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Friday, October 14, 2016

filming a case against the government's use of the Royal Prerogative

Filming the court case at the Royal Courts of Justice which is challenging the government's use of the Royal Prerogative to trigger Article 50 to leave the European Union. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Brexit- the triumph of democracy

This documentary should be re-titled "Brexit: the triumph of democracy." Instead it's called "Brexit: a very British coup?" The film-makers are raising the question - were people duped by career politicians in to voting Brexit? How elitist. But then the documentary only talks to political leaders. And oddly, no mention of opinion polls on why people voted and the variety of types of voters with their different reasons.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

journalist's harassment notice dropped

Journalist gets prevention of harassment notice issued by police dropped. After two years. The notice was issued after he asked a convicted criminal some questions by sending two emails and doorstepping once. For more click here.

Journalist Gareth Davies. Photograph: Rex

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stop Council spying on families!

Council spy on family for doing normal family stuff. Can't the Council use their money and time to pay for wall insulation instead? For more read here.

Photo: pininterest 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

a new documentary about the Greek democratic tragedy

#ThisIsACoup - a new four part documentary about how the European Union waged war on the democratically elected Greek government. But the question is: why did Greek's governing Syriza Party ignore the people and cave in to the EU's demands?

Tragedy (from the Greek: τραγῳδία, tragōidia[a]

Thursday, January 21, 2016

a documentary on the rise of a nihilistic branch of Islam and over-simplified western ideology

Made last year, the documentary Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis, is a very interesting watch. Click here to view.

Bitter Lake is a very artistically made documentary using archive footage. It's about the rise of Wahhabism, a branch of Sunni Islam. Saudi Arabia, who are supported by the West and the USA, funded Wahhabism schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Due to a variety of factors, these schools helped fuel the rise of nihilistic Islamic ideas and groups such as Al Quaeda and IS. 

The USA wanted to team up with Saudi Arabia to defeat Soviet Communists in Afghanistan but they didn't seem to foresee the rise of Wahhabism and its nihilistic offshoots. Instead Western leaders like Tony Blair were busy constructing over-simplified narratives of good vs evil to explain the problems in the Middle East, and missed developing a deeper, more precise understanding of political and religious developments.

Interestingly, at one point, Curtis says that British the West has a vacuum at the heart of it's ideology. It champions democracy without knowing why. The film doesn't link islamic nihilism with western nihilism though, or address the fact that alot of ISIS jihadis were born and bred in the West. Bitter Lake Part 2?

Photo: Tessa Mayes

Monday, December 21, 2015

independent validation mania

Parliamentary ethics organisation defends politicians and, journalism ethics organisation defends journalists in undercover tv sting operation about MPs. So independent validation mania means everybody's right! For more, click here.