WW1 Through Arab Eyes

WW1

Nice to have done some music for this including title sequence. My name is in arabic somewhere on the credits apparently.

“World War One was four years of bitter conflict from 1914 to 1918. Called ‘The Great War’ and the ‘war to end all wars’, it is often remembered for its grim and relentless trench warfare – with Europe seen as the main theatre of war.

But this was a battle fought on many fronts. There is a story other than the mainstream European narrative. It is not told as often but was of huge importance during the war and of lasting significance afterwards. It is the story of the Arab troops who were forced to fight on both sides but whose contribution is often forgotten.

They fought as conscripts for the European colonial powers occupying Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia – and for the Ottomans on the side of Germany and the Central Powers. The post-war settlement would also shape the Middle East for the next hundred years.

In this three-part series, Tunisian writer and broadcaster Malek Triki explores the events surrounding World War One and its legacy from an Arab perspective.”

Playing with Lubomyr Melnyk in the Albert Hall

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Just a heads up about a lovely little impromptu gig for me with a guy called Lubomyr Melnyk at The Elgar Rooms in The Albert Hall on the 27th Nov. I’m only joining him for one 10 min song so really I am inviting you to HIS gig which I’ll be a small part of!

 

However he is definitely worth seeing and this feels like a tidy polite affair which will suit the arty grown-up in everyone :)

I will be joining him on a track called Minexxa (out next year on Erased Tapes Records) playing acoustic guitar with my new and wonderful custom delay pedal. It’ll hopefully be very beautiful, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens.
Here is a link to some of his work and a bio.

A video of him playing

Here is a link to tickets

Cheers and hope to see you there!

Curing Cancer Debs

Curing Cancer Tweets no. 3 in UK on TX

…beating The Apprentice no less :) Heres a selection of great press about the film:

CARA Breadline

Breadline Kids Tweets no. 2 in the UK

Dispatches – Breadline Kids screened in the UK at 7:30 pm on Monday the 9th June, and by 8pm was trending #2 on Twitter. Tweets were overwhelmingly positive towards the characters in the film, and angry towards government inaction.

Other press:

“If Benefits Street was a view of our social security system from Peter Hitchens and UKIP, then Breadline Kids was the reply from the soul of Polly Toynbee and the Church of England, and was consequently much nicer, more thoughtful, humane and moving”

AA Gill – Sunday Times

“The gruelling Breadline Kids highlighted the patronising fatuity of modern political slogans.”
Michael Deacon – Sunday Telegraph

“Watching hungry kids is an ugly form of entertainment”
Zoe Williams – The Guardian

“compelling, distressing, frustrating viewing”
Natalie Williams

“Becky reveals the conditions she. her little sister Rosie and their mum have to endure. ”
Rob Leigh – Daily Mirror

“impressively unsentimental… … the children are, without exception, charming, worried, clever, insightful and jaded, and tired of not getting a fair chance In a society that often claims to be a meritocracy.”
Sunday Times

“the children themselves describe – with a total lack of self-pity – what it feels like living in Britain in 2014 without enough to eat”
David Chater – The Times

“This is another hard-hitting Dispatches”
Daily Telegraph

“”Putting food on the table” is one way of saying “earning money” but this Dispatches takes the phrase literally.”
The Guardian

“a heart-breaking film, especially when the children, burdened with adult concerns about money, discuss their pressured lives and hopes for the future.”
Ian Sinclair – Morning Star

America's Poor Kids wins RTS award

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Very pleased to announce that America’s Poor Kids has won an RTS award in the Photography – Documentary/Factual & Non Drama category.

Directed by Jezza Neumann, America’s Poor Kids, True Vision Productions/BBC This World for BBC Two

“An intuitively shot documentary highlighting the understanding between the crew and the families, with a great eye for detail and composition resulting in some highly emotive images.”

We beat some very stiff competition, including the “Africa” Camera Team, Africa, BBC Television. Cheers!