Director’s Diary

The Party Political X-Factor

Last night saw an unprecedented panel discussion and question-and-answer session on television, between no less than seven political party leaders. That’s democracy, right? Wrong. Firstly, let’s consider the history of televised political debates, with an example included in the documentary: the infamous United States presidential head-to-head between youthful, dynamic...


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Open Source Documentary Making

I’ve only made a couple of documentaries before, both on shoe-string budgets with second-hand equipment, with no corporate backing and a fair amount of credit card debt from myself. I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy several screenings on two continents – at community centres, town halls, universities, and independent...


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The Authors of The Spirit Level

One thing we’re aware of with this production is the distinct lack of women included in our interview process. Sure, there have been one or two, but men have dominated the filming time so far, by far. I realise it’s a cultural thing – men enjoy far more encouragement...


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Damn Those Union Bosses Giving Workers Rights!

One of the few interviewees who accommodated us when we couldn’t film for longer in the overpriced freak-show that is London, was Communication Workers Union general secretary Billy Hayes – something our producer Jane Watkinson was really grateful for. And upon interviewing him in Leeds, his down-to-earth demeanour went...


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Chavs and Peter Tatchell in London

It wasn’t as productive as I’d hoped in our nation’s capital today. With limited budget from crowdfunding campaigns generating less funds than we needed, we had to try and get so many interviews into one day. Some interviewees have been accommodating in agreeing to be interviewed back up north,...


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Interviewing Richard Murphy on Money

So I got an interview under my belt today – discussing whether the government’s claims that we all have to tighten our belts are valid or not. You’ve all heard it: “There’s no money left.” Really? I seem to see as many, if not more, filthy rich people as...


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An Honest MP in the People’s Republic of South Yorkshire?

I thought I’d break from my documentary tradition of picking on Labour MP John Healey for this film. In Get Over It, we filmed him spontaneously signing my petition for a cinema in his Rotherham constituency, just one of a thousand signatures in just a couple of weeks before...


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Some Good News for Edlington For a Change

Jane Watkinson and I spent the morning in Edlington, which stands as an example of how an area can become known for all the wrong reasons after former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher decimated the coal mining industry for no reason other than having workers who dared to be unionised....


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Does the Government Give ATOS?

Today we filmed the demonstration outside Doncaster’s DWP offices, as people protested against the harsh measures put in place by outsourced company ATOS, which has resulted in vulnerable people having their social security benefits removed. The film will demonstrate the often literally fatal effects this policy has on people,...


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Make or Break a Movie…

Well, the first stage of fundraising for the film is over. It’s been pretty difficult to raise awareness of the project without utilising all of the fanbase from the last film, and in such a short space of time following the announcement of the documentary – and funnily enough,...


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