This blog covers the trials and tribulations of Polly Tikkle Productions: independent film making in general. Some assorted opinion pieces are thrown in for good measure!.

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August 2014 Blog

What The Fracking Frack Is Wrong With Our Fracking Government And Why The Frack Is It Allowing Fracking For Frack's Sake!

 

Since the last blog I have continued on my main Occupy London film, stayed involved in the NoTTIP campaign by becoming a member of the co-ordinating team and also the Outreach Group and gone to my first anti-fracking camp out.

 

 

 

 

Reclaim The Faith

 

 

 

The Reclaim the Power Camp Site

 

 

The Reclaim The Power time limited occupation of a field in Blackpool nearby the Rathlin Energy Drilling site was too good an opportunity for some activism against the poisoning of our aquafiers to miss. With a borrrowed tent and totally unsuitable boots I crammed myself in a car with 3 other adult and a baby and 8 hours later we pooped ourselves out of the car.

Reclaim The Power organized 13 direct actions targeting energy giants and weak politicians in camp.


I was truly blown away by this illustration of co operation amongst activists. Just when I was prepared to believe that large scale activism could never work because there will always be some tool blocking bright ideas along come Reclaim the Power. For me this camp was about reclaiming the faith, that activism can be civil, progressive, productive and that it can mobilise a greater population to co-operate with it.

 

 

There seems to be no deviation from the consensus decision making model in the Left scene no matter how imbalanced the results of consensus decision making sometimes are. The consensus model of Reclaim the Power was tiered and this is what made it work. By the time the larger population of the camp knew what was going in terms of details of the direct actions proposed, we were alreadly split into groups. I thought this was very clever. I also beleve that it is more likely to have developed into this genius model rather than having been wilfully designed. Whatever it was, it stopped the ability of the random egotists (or Jesus) from stopping the will of the vast majority from being realised.I loved it.

About 400 people attended the camp. In 2013 year 2000 had apparently attended. It had been at the now infamous Balcombe Camp.

 

I also put together a few articiles for the Occupy London website about my experience.

occupylondon.org.uk/reclaim-the-power-action-day/

occupylondon.org.uk/reclaim-the-power-videos/
occupylondon.org.uk/1000-on-anti-fracking-march-in-blackpool/
occupylondon.org.uk/fracktavists-talk-of-past-actions/

 

Here is the video I made of the experience.

 

NoTTIP

The NoTTIP planning meeting on the 2nd August was successful in forming 6 working groups. I joined the Outreach group and we have met twice. There have been two flyering occasions outside quality food stores and our meetings have lead to us learning quite a lot from each other. I am also a member of the NoTTIP co-ordinating team but this has been somewhat on holiday. August just is not a great time of year for work in Europe. I did not know this so clearly as I do now. I believe none of the other working groups have had one meeting. We are all hoping this will change come September. There is a global day of action on October 11th and fingers crossed that working group get it together by then!

The UK Action Day

The NoTTIP Planning Meeting Arcticle

 

Occupy London

I am still working with Occupy.

In the past few months there have been 2 public assemblies promptly formed by us after the grander Stop The War marches and speeches against Operation Protetctive Edge in Gaza, had concluded.

Both assemblies were successful. It seems quite obvious to us now that we were providing a service for the emotionally charged marchers to voice their opinion. Hearing the daily news of the massacre of the population in Gaza is very hard on many of us.

 

The action of the London Palestine Action Group who occupied and closed down an arms factory in Staffordshie brought much hope to many of us that if enough members of the public know about the the £7Billion industry of UK arms sales to Israel that it might end. Action such as these help make the public aware!

 

The following is my work on the OL website in relation to Palestine:

http://occupylondon.org.uk/march-for-gaza-and-public-assembly/ http://occupylondon.org.uk/direct-actions-for-palestine/ http://occupylondon.org.uk/activists-close-down-arms-factory-day-2-occupation-join-them-staffordshire-nearbirmingham/  *press release http://occupylondon.org.uk/latest-on-gaza/ http://occupylondon.org.uk/occupy-public-assembly-for-gaza/

The Democracy Action Working Group are planning to Occupy Parliament Square and I have been asked to help with some videos.

Keep It Lit : A film about Occupy London.

Once having completed my transcribing I have procrastinated moving onto the next phase quite chronically. One could say all the above activities are due to procrastination in fact. I will have more to write about it I am sure next blog. All the transcription is completed. That is quite an achievment, but I know it is barely the beginning!

Till the next blog , may your dreams visit you in your waking hours. x


 

 

 

 

 

June-July 2014 Blog

 

 

 

 

My favorite holdiay shot, from Marfa in Malta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.TECHNICAL FILMMAKING STUFF

From March to May I was a transcribing machine. Hooked in to two computers (listening and watching in one and transcibing in the other) I deligentily transcribed all my archival footage from the Occupy London protest camp of 2011 and 2012 for the long form film I making about it. Then a miracle occurred. Dragon Naturally Speaking launched Version 4 for Macs for $99 and I bought it (there lies the miracle). It is not without fault but it increased my output by about 300%. I correct it as I go along so I am still totally wired in when transcribing. Sometimes the mistakes are funny....

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March Blog

A few things had to be done this year for Polly Tikkle Productions to stay afloat and in the game.

Upgrading to a Second Hand Apple MacBookPro.

 

Why this is a good decision?

 


 

My 2007 darling finally died. As most things that leave me, it did so with an explosion. No melting away into oblivion. The battery blew up. It was a little poop, but still as far as laptops go I should not dismiss the event as anything but an extraordinary goodbye.

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January 2014

 

 

2013 has walked defiantly out door and I have to admit that it has been one of the most adventurous years of my life thanks to all the people who have helped and loved me. Read more...

Blog November 2013 - Occupy and US/EU Free Trade Agreement

occupy logo 2

 

 

In September - October I  involved myself with Occupy again. I was bored and it was time for some straight forward no BS activism. Film making can be a bit too solo a mission for me.

 

 

 

 

toe in water

First I tested the water and found the temperature to be lovely and then I high dived headfirst deep! The water was not as deep as I had hoped. The thud on my head was significant. More on that later.

 

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September 2013

I have been back in London now for nearly one month.

My Sony FS100 took some getting used to and trying to find the controls while tear gas cannisters are flying everywhere was a tad more difficult than it needed to be and the result

I gotta say is a heck of a lot of out of focus, over exposed tears!

With a deep breath in I have to take responsibility for not being able to make up mind what camera to purchase until it was too late to practice, before heading off to the Middle East. Why is it called that? The globe is round right? How on earth (no pun intended) can you have a 'middle' on a spherical surface and then judge what is east of that middle? How about 'Top Left-ish' area? That would make just as much sense! Read more...

Latest Blog Entry : February 2013

At a joint Occupy and DPAC meeting I discovered that 10,000 disabled people have died due to either their illness getting significantly worse or suicide and that all the deaths are linked to the 'fitness for work' test . DPAC asked for help from Occupy in a vigil action they have planned for the middle of this year, 2013. In an unofficial Occupy initiative the live streamers and I are going to help film and stream the DPAC meeting of the 9th of February.

At the moment Polly Tikkle Productions is still producing a short video promo for Polly Higgins' Wish 20 campaign.

Difficulties obtaining much of the footage have occurred. Greenpeace were the most prompt in their help. Resurgence and RSA are also willing to contribute footage as is independent film maker Leon Stuparic. The search for high quality footage of war, indigenous people and ecocide continues.

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January 2013

At the moment Polly Tikkle Productions is producing a short video promo for Polly Higgins' Wish 20 campaign.

Last month I completed a 10 minute piece on the Bank Of England's proposed reforms.

Finger Pointing to the Earth feature documentary project has found a new found focus as the role of land ownership and its relationship to wars and ecocide is researched. The trailer has been updated accordingly.

In terms of Occupy, a feature documentary is in the development stage.

 

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UN-Palestine is (sort of) Recognized - Nov 30th 2012

drones palestine gaza

I wrote in 2011 that the acknowledgement of the Palestinian state in the upper echelons of the United Nations is so long over due that its like giving mother's milk to a grown man who was an orphan at birth. Something about it is decidedly ill, and to a great degree I still mean it.

 

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Occupy London November 2011

INSIDE OLSX

Occupy London Stock Exchange will be my new home indefinitely starting November 10th. Till then I can enjoy hot showers.

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Funding Applications - The Hopelessness of Hope - October 2011

inka stafrace film funding malta arts fund

 

I decided to put aside my shame that I have still not made it back to the Holy Land in 4.5 months and write some more.

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