Well, Wednesday was an interesting evening, showing the film in the seat of power in Westminster. It seemed to go well with all MPs present amazed at how we still haven’t got a UK broadcaster. Anyway they have asked for it to be shown again, which may be unprecedented.

Been away

April 29, 2008

Much has happened over the last couple of weeks. Chinese have agreed to meet with the Dalai Lama’s representatives which I am sure they hope will get the world off their back. Interesting how they announced it. Through Xinhua, without having notified the Tibetan side. I wouldn’t say I am an expert in political disputes but I don’t think it is a very good start. Nevertheless contact is better than no contact but it feels a little fishy. There is so much distrust on both sides that little things like the way they announce it really do make a difference.

New Clips Uploaded

April 8, 2008

On youtube, so go check ’em!

http://www.youtube.com/user/theunwinkinggaze

To understand the complexity of this issue – that there is much more than one perspective that needs to be levelled on this issue, please take a moment and read this

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/foreign/richardspencer/april08/teacherbaicomestolondon.htm

Konnie Huq

April 6, 2008

Just checked on BBC website and it leads with her ambush on the Olympic route. Wonder whether it was planned. Anyway her soundbite carried the day so at least she was able to make some comment regarding human rights. Tough for the police though. Damned if they do, and probably damned if they don’t. Not sure I could say the same about Gordon Brown, though who rather feebly excused his lack of a decision on the boycott question on the fact the Dalai Lama wasn’t asking for one.

Surely it would be better if he made a decision because he thought it was the right or wrong thing as opposed to ‘delegating’ the responsibility to the Dalai Lama.

I think this could be a fast moving story. The question is whether the Chinese government are going to be able to withstand the pressure over the next five months. Have a look at this statement from the Dalai Lama. I wouldn’t exactly say he is pulling his punches but he is reiterating, more than once, the importance of keeping to non-violence – I think this is very politically astute as he must keep the sympathy of the world with him and non-violence is the way to do that. Witness the efforts of the Chinese state media in trying to refocus the attention on the violence from the riots.

So the Dalai Lama is keeping the 9 member Chinese politburo on the backfoot. Question is how will they react? Incidentally I think a boycott of the Olympics could well backfire, making the Tibetans hated in an already febrile nationalistic atmosphere. And lets face it, this issue is going to take a long time (way past the Olympics) to sort out.

http://www.dalailama.com/news.222.htm

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We are the number one story on Variety. Can’t do better than that!

 http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117983500.html?categoryId=19&cs=1&nid=3078

Oh and…

March 31, 2008

we have a theatrical release…Eighteen cinemas across the UK in May. Bring it on!

Sky News

March 31, 2008

Had the bizarre experience of going on Sky News on Sunday morning. Having had three hours sleep, I think all nerves had been negated by exhaustion and did a great interview. I suppose that I shouldn’t be suprised that honing the message gets better with practice, but I was rather suprised that it definitely improved due to a lack of sleep and a hangover. Wish I could have said the same for my panel performance.

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So, with the screening over, the marketing begins. The event seemed to go well, despite numerous problems – a ticket fiasco, celebs that didnt turn up, various rows, a voice over that had disappeared from the front of the film, and an after party that was a free-for-all and yet despite all that, nobody seemed to notice. The film went down well, the party was just what it needed to be and everyone who had to get in, got in. So to all those involved, JJ, Scot, Rich, Dan, Jane, and especially Emma – well done. Thanks to LIDF and Prince Charles for hosting the show and dealing with last minute panel changes, and an especial thanks to the panel itself – Andrew Fischer, Dibyash Anand, Kate Saunders and the Chair Nick Walker. Finally Now the real work begins – getting the message out but we already have a bit of help – check out this review

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/03/could_this_documentary_make_a.html