I did NOT set this up!
Whilst walking to pick up my son from school, something on the ground caught my attention …
That just made my day.
I’d love to know who took the time to do this!
“I have made it clear in my campaign that I would support and endorse the use of enhanced interrogation techniques.” – Donald Trump, 15/2/2016
President Trump now has unrivalled access to data collected by UK intelligence agencies. And thanks to the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act, the UK is collecting huge amounts of data about all our lives in Britain and around the world – in bulk.
Trump has threatened to use torture, ban Muslims from entering the US, and expand use of the death penalty. He plans to ban most refugees and suspend visas for people coming from majority-Muslim countries.
The Investigatory Powers Act is a careless law, passed by MPs who didn’t consider future abuse. We can’t let Trump use our data to strip away basic liberties.
Can the UK really continue listening in on our lives and putting the data in Trump’s hands to use as he likes?
** PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE …
Finally some good news in the news as Kodak Brings Back a Classic with EKTACHROME Film
However politically f***ked up things were in 2016, and however many great musicians and actors we lost, there were two small glimmers of positivity …. vinyl music sales overtook digital for the first time in ages, and the resurgence of film was strong enough to convince Kodak to bring back Ektachrome. Neither of which is going to save the world or raise the dead, but surely both signs that the world has not entirely gone mad!
Over the past couple of years I have fallen in love with Fuji’s reversal / slide films, Provia and Velvia. Especially Velvia. Slide film has a gorgeously distinctive and vibrant look, and is ideal for scanning. Its far easier to get the colours right scanning slides rather than negatives. Aesthetically nothing compares, and I find it a perfect analogue acquisition format for integrating into a digital post production workflow. Kodak had discontinued the last of their reversal films back in 2012 and since Fuji have announced the death of several film stocks over the past couple of years, it seemed entirely possible that we could soon end up with no commercially available slide films.
Whilst writing this I noticed the availability of another slide film, Agfa Photo Precisa 100, which rather took me by surprise as I had thought Fuji was the only option. However, according to FirstCall Photographic’s website, Agfa Photo Precisa 100 is relatively new on the market and not actually manufactured by Agfa at all, but is re-branded Fuji Provia being sold at half the price. So it seems that Fuji really is the only manufacturer of slide film at the moment.
Whilst its great to find Agfa promoting a cheaper alternative to branded Fuji Provia, Kodak’s announcement that they will re-launch Ektachrome is in an entirely different league. Kodak refer to Ektachrome as a professional film stock with its own distinctive look. Apparently it will be available in the fourth quarter of 2017. I can’t wait to try it.
A film I co-produced in 2014/2015, “Take Down” is now called “Billionaire Ransome” and is out for release on 19th August 2016 in the US. Not sure about UK release, but hopefully soon.
Directed by Jim Gillespie and starring Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin, Sebastian Koch, Ashley Walters, Dominic Sherwood and Ed Westwick.
Here are the poster and trailer …
Ab Fab: The Movie is about to be released in the UK by Fox. Its going to be great fun, but take a look at the trailer below and pay particular attention to the bald bloke in the background at Nobu about 23 seconds in to the trailer … yup, that’s me! Huge privilege to be asked to come in to line produce the London re-shoots, but quite a surprise to find that I also made it into the trailer. So much for my lifelong attempts to hide away the other side of the camera!
Trailer embedded from You Tube and copyright Fox Searchlight.