Sunday, December 11, 2016

Advertisers dont want their adverts on nuclear weapons

Today I got an email from YouTube stating that their advertisers dont want to place their adverts on a video I uploaded about pensioners protesting against nuclear weapons

They wrote;
'Thanks for submitting your video(s) for monetization. We didn't approve your video(s) for monetization because the content in your video(s) or video details may not be advertiser-friendly.'
I guess if everyone is wiped out with nukes, it means a loss of consumers which is bad for business




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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Things move slow at the Guardian video department

When things move slow in the Guardian video department

When news broke about Police having dozens of undercover cops in the environmental movement, I trawled through our archive to see what images we had to expose it.

Amongst other things, I had filmed the actual car which an undercover cop, PC Boyling/Sutton had driven into the city of London and blockaded a road. He posed as an activist and helped start a riot. The resulting event was the biggest riot London had seen since the Poll tax. I contacted the Guardian on Feb 20, 2011 with our images and insights.
I had an intital response which the Guardian then dropped a day later.

It took 3 years before they would recognise it as an important piece of the story when George Mombiot wrote about it- so once again I contacted the Guardian. This time it was splashed on their website.

So why do stories take so long to be accepted? It can be very frustrating when you are sitting on a great story but media doesn't pick up on it as they can't recognise the value of it.

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My video report from Yarl's Wood detention centre

I spent a very cold Saturday filming to produce this 2.5 minute video report from the mass protest at Yarls Wood detention centre.

#setherfree #yarlswood #shutdownyarlswood



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Thursday, December 01, 2016

What a year for the Sol Cinema

December already!

What a year it has been for the Sol Cinema. We performed at a diverse range of events in 2016. We started our year by performing in the Welsh language, squeezed the Welsh Rugby team in for BBC Sports, performed at 3 events in Cardiff and at Glastonbury festival.

This was followed by 2 enjoyable vintage gatherings, 2 Northern seaside events before we set up by Swansea castle. We even entertained beside the elephants inside Chester Zoo!

A week of performances in Edinburgh plus a spin around the Yorkshire Moors for Musicport festival. Then south to Dartmoor for the Chagford film festival. To top the year off Sol Cinema was featured in Ripleys Believe it or Not! 2017 annual and we were amongst the finalists for the Green Energy Awards.

What will 2017 bring? #2017 #solcinema





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