Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Learn about fracking


Saturday 28th October  7.30pm – Unite Against Fracking Conference 
At Bridge Street Church, Leeds

Then the next day you have...
Sunday 29th October  – Reclaim the Power Gathering
Bridge Street Church, Leeds




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Monday, October 09, 2017

How much does it cost to use a clip from a TED talk in my film?

I wanted to use a 20second clip from a TED talk for a film i am making at the moment. It was a way to introduce one of our interviewees.

After very slip-streamed process of being passed around various TED departments I finally spoke to the person who makes the decisions.

So I discovered that using a clip for a noncommercial film for online use only it costs

$1000 for 2 years
$3000 for all time



So..i think i will find another way. I love TED talks and all that but I can think of better ways to spend $3k on the film

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Fracking- filming the battle to stop this industry

I am currently editing a film about the resistance to the Fracking industry in the UK. The film will be released in November 2017 so watch this space.

Meanwhile here are some photos of me filming on the frontline

A massive UK wide Police force drafted into stop the protests

Filmng Caroline Lucas MP

Private security firm of the fracking industry

Filming private security firm tackling the public on a public road

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Protester hands Theresa May a P45 during conference speech (04Oct17)




Funniest action at Tory conference

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Fire Brigade used to break up Fracking protest in North Yorkshire

On the 2nd October 2017, North Yorskire Fire Service were called in by Police to remove an environmental protester at the Fracking site at Kirby Misperton.

This prompted a spokesman from the Fire Bridage Union to declare it a 'nuisance call by the Police'
Steve Howley, secretary of the FBU in North Yorkshire, said:
'It is extremely disappointing that Police got our service involved and diverted vital resources away. If a genuine call had come in they would not have been able to attend.'

Steve who was arrested while Live streaming from the tower
Photo by Sue Gough

A man who was Livestreaming the protest was removed from a scaffolding tower by the Fire Brigade on Habton Road, Kirby Misperton. North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service attended with an aerial ladder platform, and police officers with specialist training removed him. This viewing platform was all of 7 feet high and located on the verge at the side of the road. After a 2hour operation,the Police subsequently arrested the man who was live streaming and charged him with obstruction of a police officer.

Video footage is here https://www.facebook.com/eddiethornton/v...


The FBU members voted No to Fracking and have also made a strongly worded statement on Climate Change. Police in Lancashire tried to involve the Lancashire Fire brigade to get people down off the towers at the Fracking site at Preson New Road but the Lancashire fire brigade refused.

Steve Howley, secretary of the FBU in North Yorkshire, released a statement:
In terms of the Fire service involvement I am disgusted and disappointed Firefighters have been placed in such a position by the Police and secondly senior fire service managers by their decisions to force Firefighters to attend the site yesterday. We are clear this is not the role of the Fire Service, as we are there to render humanitarian services and save life and property , not provide law and order intervention.
Once I became aware of the situation I raised the issue last night with the Assistant Chief Fire Officer and he assured me he would be speaking with his counterpart within North Yorkshire Police today to suggest that the Fire Service cannot be used in such a way again.
We will await confirmation of this before the North Yorkshire FBU decide if we need to take further measures to prevent our members being unwantedly exposed to such situations again in the future.

He asked people to send email of concerns and question why the service is being allowed to take a clear political stance by becoming involved in what is a lawful peaceful protest via the following link https://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/co…/complaints-compliments

'Climate change is a critical issue for the Fire and Rescue Service in the UK. It is the greatest environmental challange facing humanity at present'
https://www.fbu.org.uk/publication/climate-change-key-issues-fire-and-rescue-service

There are very few examples of Fire Brigade being used as a political tool to break up protests.  Why this has occured will be under intense scrutiny.
Police in Fire engine crane


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How do Police define what a Protest is?





What is a protest?
Is it standing mute on the far side of the road with a placard?
or is it being an obstruction to stop the thing you object to from happening?

I tried to ask a Police officer

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Is Corbyn a Marxist?

This answers the question on where Corbyn stands on various issues very well. It was posted on Reddit.com by gamas a Labour Member

If we intend to have a proper discussion on this, it depends on what we mean by Marxism.
If by Marxist, we mean he supports Marx's ideas that:
  • Capitalism leads to the alienation of groups of people
  • That, under capitalism, segments of society exploit other segments of society
  • That capitalism cannot maintain the living standards of the population
  • That industry should move towards co-operative ownership
  • That the country should focus more on what satisfy human needs rather than on private profits.
Then yes, Corbyn is a Marxist, as is Liz Kendall, as is Yvette Cooper, as is Andy Burnham, as is over half the Labour party.
(Of course, classical Marxism also advocates the idea that socialism is inevitable and that the proletariat will rise up in revolution. I have omitted this because a) We can all agree Corbyn isn't trying to be a revolutionary and b) Marx suggested this before universal suffrage became a thing, and he believed that as the upper classes controlled the government, there was no hope the governments would look after the working-class. Later in his life, he rescinded this view, noting how society had changed towards universal suffrage and came round to the belief that socialism could come about through democratic reform)
Now if you mean Leninism/Marxism-Leninism (i.e. the political ideology that the Soviet Union said is the only legitimate development of Marxism), then that depends on the particular aspect. If we take the social aspects of:
  • Support for a universal social welfare system.
  • Improving public education and health systems
  • Provision of child care
  • Provision of benefits
  • Ending the exploitation of women
Then Corbyn supports those as does the entire Labour party and some members of the Tory party... If we mean the social aspects of
  • abolition of private property
  • The use of propaganda to teach people to abide by the ideals of communism
Then he does not support these.
If we take the economic aspect of Marxism-Leninism that:
  • Market forces should be replaced with scientific planning
  • That the value of a good or service should be determined by its use value
  • That wages should be set according to the skill and intensity of the work
  • That all industry should be under state ownership.
Then Corbyn couldn't be any further from this. As far as I am aware he has never advocated a change in the way that goods should valued or wages set. And although he believe natural monopolies and major infrastructure should come under public ownership, he seems to support the idea that private businesses and corporations should be allowed to exist.
If we take the political aspect of Marxism-Leninism that
  • The state should be controlled by a single-party of Marxism-Leninism principles
  • The use of a vanguard party to establish a dictatorship of the proletariat
Then Corbyn absolutely does not support this. If anything, he supports further reform to allow more parties to have influence.
tl;dr Discussions on whether someone is or isn't a Marxist are complicated by the fact that Marxism is an incredibly broad church of beliefs ranging from the very fringes of the far left, to aspects of the One Nation Conservative vision. Ultimately, its meaningless to call someone a Marxist in the 21st century as all being Marxist means is that you think capitalism leads to a significant chunk of people being worse off and that something should be done about it.
EDIT: I think the revolutionary aspect of Marx's original philosophy is something that is overstressed not only by opponents wishing to denigrate socialism, but by left-wing nutjobs who wish to justify their desire for violence, in both cases missing the historical context in which Marx uttered those words. You have to remember, at the time Marx came up with the Communist Manifesto, the majority of Europe was either an absolute monarchy or, at best, ran democracies that heavily weighted in favour of votes by landed gentry (hell up until 1948, property owners effectively got two votes in the UK). At the time, it would have been inconceivable that a government would move towards helping those who are living on the bottom rung of society as they didn't depend on the working class to remain in power. Therefore, to Marx, revolution would have been the only option. 24 years after publishing the Communist Manifesto, Marx admitted that in developed countries "labour may attain its goal by peaceful means", suggesting he had stood down from the idea that revolution was necessary.



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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Now you see it and now you don't- how history disappears

How do you tell history on TV if footage of events gets deleted?

In July 2017 a Sky News reporter tried to explain how environmental activists are using home made metal arm tubes to 'lock on' in order to blockade the gates of a Fracking site.

As the Sky reporter (former BBC reporter Mike McCarthy) displayed a 'lock on' tube infront of his broadcast cameraman, Police surrounded him and took the lock on away claiming the reporter was actually a protester.

Despite showing his official Press card and his broadcast van full of equipment, the dull cops still refused to give the lock on tube back so he could finish his report.

But luckily the Sky new cameraman filmed it all. However when i asked for a copy of the footage to use in my documentary, I was told by Andrew Wilson, the Sky News cameraman

'Unfortunately Sky didn't keep the rushes of the shoot. 
Some they do keep some they don't think it's important enough. 
Sorry library make those secessions.'
 
So that is how history will be told. The 10 seconds which was broadcast is all that will be stored for future story tellers. That is why it is so important for independent film makers to keep their own archives. Read my last report on this story.


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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Windows of Tescos are smashed in by a man



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Monday, July 31, 2017

My video report from Fracking protest near Blackpool

A van containing a woman and a one-tonne barrel ‘lock on’ has blocked the entrance to Cuadrilla’s controversial fracking site on Preston New Road this morning. The women is locked to a huge lock on device inside the van as part of an action which closes a month of action by national direct action group, Reclaim the Power.


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

My appearance on Sky News Today

Editing my daily video reports on Fracking protests
My footage used on Sky News
Sky News reporter harrassed by cops
I appear on Sky News today- i was filmed whilst editing my daily reports of the Fracking Protests in Lancashire. A Sky News reporter was surrounded by over eager cops for displaying what a Lock-on tube is.

Watch the report here
http://news.sky.com/story/rolling-resistance-leads-to-clashes-at-lancashire-fracking-site-10958278

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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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