Brit in Crimea – Film Ready – Premiere in Moscow!

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.

Les Crimea photoAnd 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 Screenshot (1170)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.

BritCrimeaposterThe 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.

My UK Reportage: A Wrap-up!

As  prepare to leave – it’s been an enormously busy last 2 months in the UK, working on the edits of documentary projects, dozens of articles here on the Truth Speaker, and video reportage. There will be one more report to come from the UK, part 2 of this special reportage on the recent terrorist attack in London –

To recap, here was January when I visited the UK parliament to ask at a UK/Ukraine event if they would be mentioning Ukrainian shelling civilian areas of Donbass:

The introduction to my documentary about the murder of Barry Pring

My coverage of the anti-Trump protests in London at the start of February – 

A few days later, and I try to go to a Ukrainian event in London –

And here, I succeed in getting into a Ukrainian propaganda event at the LSE! 

The end of February here, and I visit the Ukrainain Embassy in London – 

March, and a look at what Women’s Day means in London!

Then, my day as a DPR tourist in London!

Masses of reportage from the March for Europe on March 25th –

And even a trip to Scotland to bring you the reality there of how people feel about a proposed new referendum!

It’s overall achieved hundreds of thousands of views, on my channel alone, coverage in mass media – and much more! I’m a completely crowdfunded journalist, and none of this would have been possible without your support. To be involved, click here!

Thanks again, and on we go!!

 

Updates (#4) My Personal Ebay Account – Reactivated!

As you may know, last year I ran a ‘Support Donbass’ shop on ebay, to sell my work, raise humanitarian funds for Donbass. Mission accomplished, after a long period of inactivity, I recently announced that it wouldn’t be reactivated. 

Now, I am reactivating my own ebay account. I’ll use this for –

Screenshot (59)– Selling examples of my work
– Selling stock left over from the Support Donbass shop (t-shirts etc)
– Selling technical equipment I no longer need.

It’s important to remember – while any funds raised on the ‘Support Donbass’ store went to humanitarian aid in Donbass, funds raised here go towards supporting my work.

There will be a lot there, and new items constantly added. First up, we have this, very limited edition, canvas photo –

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/-/331902750876?

A limited print-run Je Suis Donbass t-shirt –

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/-/331902966336?

Battery for a Phantom 3 Drone – 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/-/331902946914?

Look out for a lot more to come!

Best for now, Graham

Who am I, Where have I Come from? Why all the Trolls? (Quickly) By Graham Phillips

In recent days the metrics on my YouTube channel, followers on Twitter and so, have shown a surge in followers, subscribers, viewers from my own country, the UK.

This has been accompanied by a fair few comments along the lines of ‘who is this guy?’. Well, I haven’t just emerged from a box, a stretch, Goa, or Barry Island. Most of my last 2 years have been spent covering the war in Donbass –

Actually I was the only western correspondent there during the blockade of Lugansk, and spent the most time on the frontlines of conflict in 2014/15. So why have you never heard of me? And, as above, why all the trolls?

Well, I covered the war western media didn’t want you to see, and which infuriated those who wanted to present their version of Ukraine. I covered the relentless shelling by Ukraine of civilian areas in Donbass, and mass civilian fatalities and casualties –

And with that, the trolls who didn’t want this information getting out. They’ll tell you all sorts of things – it’s true I started my career with RT. But in 2013, RT wasn’t the RT we think of today. I’ve not worked with them for 2 years, and believe me, now, like the channel even less than you do.

However, in a western media blackout, Russian media let me tell the story of the Ukraine war back then, which I couldn’t tell elsewhere. Since early 2015, I’ve worked for myself, fund all my projects via crowdfunding.

There have been attempts to link me with all kinds of things, mostly Russia, in order to discredit my work. It’s nonsense, I’ve got no connection whatsoever with Russia.

But, this is what happens in an information war, when people can’t discredit your work directly, and all my work is as it is, uncensored, video reports of things just as they are, they go for the source.

So, there’s a longer biography here, if you’re interested, pleased to meet you in any case! Graham

Crowdfunding (#3) The Crimea Victory Day Project – and On

Graham Phillips

You may have read about my upcoming Crimea project – to make a unique film, of May 9th, Victory Day, in Crimea – how it’s celebrated in all the main places, plus some out-of-the-way places.

The plan is to make a film, a proper looking film, in one day, of how Crimea – people all over Crimea – celebrate this historic Victory Day, their third since CrimeaVictoryDayreunification with Russia in 2014.

Of course, as with all my projects, this needs to be crowdfunded. I set a target of $2000, which comprised $600 to cover basic costs, and $1400 for an additional drone, which would really be helpful, on the day and in general.

The concept of the film is to combine footage shot by Crimeans themselves, along with professional quality footage, to really capture this historic day, in the most authentic day possible – a Russian version, and English!

I’ve now collected more than 30% of the $2000 goal. More than the $600 minimum cost, so the project is live! If funding falls between the two amounts, I’ll donate it to a charity in Crimea, and hold a vote on my social media to decide which one. This Crimea film is a work of love, not intended to make money in any way.

As for the crowdfunding, due to my being in Crimea and simply working every minute right now, there’s no time for an outright campaign, video etc. However, if you’d like to contribute, I’m collecting via my Paypal account – gwplondon@gmail.com 

Here are the rewards – 

Every donationA mention in the credits of the film (if you’d like)

£10A special tweet of thanks for those contributing

£25Mention in a special video thanking those involved

£100 or more – An individual video of thanks, and I’ll post you a souvenir, signed, postcard from the film.

Crimea Victory DayAnother reason for not launching an outright crowfunding campaign for this, is that, thanks to volunteers and goodwill of the people, we can do this Crimea project inexpensively. However, the next project will require real funding, a real budget. That will be my documentary on MH17, as you can see, work has already started on the graphics.

Boeing MH17The aim for the MH17 documentary is to make absolutely the definitive documentary on the subject. Speak to experts, relatives, investigators, witnesses – everything!

That’s up next, and as with the Crimea Victory Day project, it is possible entirely because of crowdfunding, and your support.

As for the Crimea Victory Day film, huge thanks in advance for your support, and I can’t wait to make, and for you to see the film! Graham

3 More Lies You’ll Hear about Me, Versus Reality, by Graham Phillips

Ahead of my going to the Baltics, Europe, and elsewhere to report, I’d just like to address a few points, before they come up, which, be sure, they will. This follows on from this article here.

Graham PhillipsWhat they Say: That I work for RT, was sacked by RT.
Why they Say It: They either want to have a go at me for working for RT, or supposedly being sacked by them. It all feeds into the idea the western media are keen to put out there that if a journalist works for RT, they are agents of the Russian government etc etc. Or, with the latter, that I’m supposedly such a ‘super-propagandist’, even RT sacked me. 
The Reality: I haven’t worked for RT for almost 2 years – July 2014 – and I wasn’t sacked. RT gave me the option of continuing working for them, outside of Donbass, or returning to Donbass and our working relationship ending, and I chose Donbass. 

What they Say: That, in May 2014, I stood on a tripwire, and claimed I was shot at (and even RT threw me under the bus)
Why they Say It:
 To attempt to damage my credibility as a reporter.
The Reality: There’s no question, that s a new correspondent, reporting in a situation which quickly escalated from conflict to war, I made a mistake here. And, as a new correspondent in the field, there can be some hard lessons to learn. However, my mistake wasn’t stepping on a tripwire, it was claiming something had Graham Phillips 1happened, my being shot at, which I hadn’t captured on camera.

It was a rookie error, and I learned a lot from it. Never report something you’ve not captured on camera. And never sensationalise – despite my seeing a soldier pick up a gun and hearing shots fired, I could only correctly say ‘shot at’, if they’d actually hit me. What I learned from this incident formed the basis of a career which has seen me cover more hotspots than perhaps any other western correspondent over the past 2 years (including my being wounded while reporting) – never sensationalise, only report what you’ve filmed.

This was May 2014, I continued working for RT until July of 2014. However, I wasn’t at all happy that RT initially changed their story to match the ‘tripwire’ version, before subsequently saying my version may be correct. I like, and watch, RT, have many good colleagues there, however have no plans to resume our working relationship, though we are on good terms and they always have my gratitude for the opportunity given to me.

What they Say: That I was a ‘sex tourist’, ‘sex blogger’ in Ukraine, wrote about my time with prostitutes etc.
Why they Say It: Try to show I’m not a real journalist etc, just a ‘sex blogger turned journalist’ etc. 
The Reality: I worked for a year at What’s On Magazine in Ukraine, writing about every subject connected to Ukraine, and life there (including articles on prostitution), and later, I did indeed write a blog on Ukraine. Indeed, around 10% of the articles were about subjects related to sex. I’ve written about prostitutes, and I’m Graham Phillips 2actually proud of all the articles I’ve written on the theme. I considered these valid subjects to research, and write about. At the time, they were. Now, it all seems a bit inconsequential, to be honest, but that’s the difference a war makes.

It was of its time, I’ve got no real plans to write more on the theme. But, I do believe these areas fall within the scope of valid journalism, Louis Theroux, for example, has done a lot on the theme, nor is he alone in that. But you could find almost as many articles about abandoned buildings (a subject of interest) on my former blog, as you could about ‘sex’ (and most of that was in the context of Ukraine as it was – ‘wife-hunting’ tours etc – of which Shaun Walker of the Guardian has written a book)! So I’m about as much of an ‘abandoned building blogger’ as a ‘sex blogger’, it just doesn’t quite have the same ring! If I threw myself a bit deeper into the subject than others – so be it, I try to do that with everything I cover!

And on we go!

The 5 Main Lies You’ll Hear about Me, Versus Reality, by Graham Phillips

Ahead of my going to the Baltics, Europe, and elsewhere to report, I’d just like to address a few points, before they come up, which, be sure, they will. 

I know, there are certain things people say about me, will say about me. So I’ll quickly deal with What they Say, Why they Say It, and the Reality.

Graham Phillips SlavyanskWhat they Say: That I work for Russia’s FSB etc.
Why they Say It: They want to discredit my work in Donbass, which hasn’t fitted the narrative of western media, or governments. Those who write this nonsense know full well it’s not true. They are liars. 
The Reality: I have absolutely no connection, and never had, with any Russian agency or organisation. At the start of my career, I worked for a while with a couple of Russian channels (RT and Zvezda), that’s it. 

What they Say: That I took part in conflict in Donbass, ‘supported terrorists’, am myself a terrorist, etc. They’ll use photos like this – 

Graham Phillips shooting1Why they Say It: They want to discredit my work, get me arrested, get me killed – just all bad things.Graham Phillips shootingThe Reality: In 2014, at time of war in Donbass, I filmed quite a lot of training drills, and, always looking to get into the spirit of what I’m covering (within acceptable reasons), I took part in shooting practice. As I didn’t have my own Graham Phillips salutefatigues to wear, I was given fatigues to wear during some of this. 

As for the salute photo, on quiet day on the frontlines, some of the DPR fighters in Donbass were filming skits on their cameraphones, pretending to be Rambo. They asked me to take part in one, said it was just for personal use. So it got released on YouTube, which I wasn’t that happy about, but, it was just a 20-second bit of fun, and a bit silly on my part to take part, if I’m  honest. 

I never took part in conflict or combat of any time in Donbass, I’m a correspondent. An objective correspondent.

Graham Phillips medalWhat they Say: I got ‘given medals by Russia’, this means I work for their interests, have some sort of state endorsement.
Why they Say It: The usual – discredit my work, which they don’t like as it doesn’t fit their narrative.
The Reality: I do have one state award – from the Lugansk People’s Republic, for my work in covering events in Lugansk during the time of the blockade there in 2014. The other medals I’ve been given, by private individuals in Russia, as a token of gratitude for my work. They are simple ‘thank yous’, no state connection or bearing. But, see below. 

What they Say: I’m pro-Russian.
Why they Say It: Standard discreditation tactics. 
The Reality: It’s no secret that Russian people (as per the above) appreciate my work, more than, at this current time, people in my own country. However, I’m not IMG_0712‘pro-Russian’, or anything. I’m a proud British citizen, with no connection to any country, other than my own, and of my own, my own government have actually done what they can to obstruct my work in Donbass.

I like Russia, it’s a beautiful, friendly country, but I like a lot of countries, and none of that doesn’t register when it comes to my reporting, I’m only ‘pro’ reporting whatever the truth is, and fighting propaganda. 

Crimea filmingWhat they Say: I’m paid by Russia etc.
Why they Say It: All as above.
The Reality: No one pays me! I haven’t worked for any channel for over a year, and don’t want to either. Western channels can’t be trusted. And if I work for a Russian channel, it’s just used to discredit my work. 

I’m funded by crowdfunding, and my YouTube channel. I make a modest living, but don’t care about money. I live on the road, go to where the interesting news events are, and fight to get the truth out to the world. That’s my motivation.