Brit in Crimea is a unique film project, which began in mid-2016 after I, Graham Phillips, British journalist, decided to see for myself what people in the UK knew about Crimea. As you can see from this video, it turned out, almost nothing –
So from there, was born the idea to do something, on the surface, quite simple. Take a British person to Crimea on holiday. A British person without any agenda, affiliation, predisposition. A British person who just wants a holiday, in a place almost no one in Britain would think of going on holiday.
And the aim – to make a film about Crimea devoid of any propaganda – be it western, or Russian. To make a film about Crimea exactly as it is.
And that’s exactly what we did. Of course, these things are never quite as simple in practice – not only a holiday, but a holiday filmed. Then edited into proper film format. We raised the budget of the film through crowdunding, but fair to say that all told, this film has more of an anti-budget than a budget – actually Les – our Brit, more specifically Scot, paid for most all of his own costs. As you would on holiday.
And then, the ambitions grew. I wanted to make it not just a one-season film, but to return to Crimea next year to show the difference a year on, and the difference in Les’s life. And more.
And we did all that. And the film will premiere in Moscow on Thursday January 18th at the Fitil cinema, reception at 18:30 (click on link for all cinema details). So why is a British film, with a British man, having a premiere in Moscow? Because as I know, from hard experience, there is no way you can put on an event in London which doesn’t conform with the set narrative there. I could find a venue for this film in the UK, but the ‘pro-Ukrainians’ would start a campaign, the venue would cancel, and it would go on that way, sad to say.
But, let the ‘pro-Ukrainians’, and anyone, watch this film objectively. Because it’s a completely objective film, about Crimea. No financing by anything apart from crowdfunding, which raised enough to cover basic costs. A completely independent film, with one aim – to tell the truth about Crimea.
The video production has been done, as with my previous films, by Oleg Somov, in Lugansk, so there’s some Donbass there too. And full praise to Oleg for dealing with a mass of video material, and making a film I’m truly proud of out of it all. US journalist Patrick Lancaster helped with some of the camerawork.
Very much looking forward to seeing you at the premiere. The film is in English, but spoken Russian when we get to Crimea, for the most part. Soon after the premiere, the film will be released on my YouTube channel, with full Russian subtitles.