Brit in Crimea: Crowdfunders, Time to Thank you!

I’m currently compiling a list of people who helped, via crowdfunding, to make our film, Brit in Crimea, now over 20,000 views in its first 3 weeks –

Here’s the list so far, a work in progress, of those who made significant contributions to make our film happen! Let me know if you’re not on it, should be. Are on it, don’t want to be. I’ll be making a video to thank all of you here soon!

Adam Garrie

Alex Korablev

Dasha

Daniel Franz

John Bonar

Maria Engstrom

Mike Barson

Per Moen

Peter Rickett

Sean Tayor

Stig

Tatiana Antonuk

Tiago de Carvalho

Victoria Popsueva

Viktor

Brit in Crimea Premiere – More Photos!

I’ve recently written about the completion of my film Brit in Crimea, and its upcoming release (very soon), and recent premiere in Moscow. 

I’d like to give another shout-out to the amazing Daria Fedko for her organising of what was a truly fantastic premiere, and show you a few more photos from that here – 

Who Supports my Work? And the Story of Per Moen – A Norwegian in Moscow!

In the previous post here, I wrote about crowdfunding, and how I support my work. 

So, a question is – why does support my work? Well, I’d like to give you an example. About a year ago, a chap from Norway, called Per Moen, contacted me, with some questions about how things really were in Donbass, Crimea. Per had seen reports on his own media, questioned them, and wanted to know from someone on the ground.

We started chatting, email, social media etc. And, of his own volition, Per, a man in his 60s who made his career first in transport, then in furniture import, now retired, with an interest in horses, railways, his family of course, began contributing to the crowdfunding which supports all my work.

Per contributed to the film Brit in Crimea, and I was delighted that last week he even decided to make his first trip to Russia, to Moscow for the film’s premiere.  It was the first time I’d met Per in person, and I was very happy to see him at the premiere, enjoying watching something he, along with others who support my work – like Per, intelligent people who don’t trust mainstream media anymore, and want to support an alternative – had made possible – see Per at the premiere here – 

Before, and after, Per enjoyed his first ever trip to Russia, and it was interesting to look on Per’s Facebook and see the adventures of one in Russia, Moscow, for the first time!

Here is how Russia was for Per, in his own words, from his Facebook

Resume of my visit to Moscow: I had planned for a couple of years to visit my friends in Moscow and decided to go during 2018. Then I got an invitation to Graham William Phillips film premiere in January and I decided to go. Went to a travel agency, booked hotel and flights then called the Russian embassy and got advice for visa application. I got visa in three days. Brilliant service at the embassy, no problems. Arriving at Moscow airport everything went smoothly through passport control and customs, everybody were very friendly. My friend Elena Tishina collected me at the airport and took me to the hotel and to her home for a fantastic dinner. I have been visiting many big cities and Moscow top the list. So much culture, beautiful buildings. New years and Christmas decorations still up. Exclusive restaurants and big stores. They even have a tourist police which is a branch of the police force especially educated for helping tourists. I had a long chat with two of them. They told me that Moscow is a very calm and safe city. Thanks to my good friends Elena Tishina, Olga Smirnova and Zlata Karlova I experienced famous places like the Red Square, the Kremlin, The Bolshoi Theatre, the old Arbat and more. I am very grateful for being invited by Elena Tishina to the famous international Consert Hall watching an amazing concert. Moscow was a great experience and I wish more people from the west could visit and see how it really is and not only listen and read about Russia in the western anti russian propaganda media. I have never met a more friendly and kind people!

So, that’s an example of who supports my work, and his impressions of a first visit to Russia!

 

Brit in Crimea – Amazing Premiere – First Photos, Video Interview!

Last week in Moscow, January 18th, I held the premiere of my new film, Brit in Crimea, at the Fitil Cinema club. Huge thanks to Daria Fedko for her help in organising this, fantastic – and free, open-to-all event, of which some photos here: 

Here, an interview, and piece, in English, on the main Russian news channel: 

More photos here: 

And more to come! And again thanks to everyone who was part of an incredible premiere, and part of making the film happen!! 

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.

Brit in Crimea – Filming Complete

Happy to say that on my recent trip to Crimea, I completed filming for the film some of you contributed to making – A Brit in Crimea. Huge thanks to all of you who contributed to the crowdfunding to make this film, to make it possible. 

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Fair to say that crowdfunding hasn’t covered costs, but I’ve gone ahead, and made the film anyway – keeping you updated along the way, on what will be my first feature presentation in English! Work began on it back in 2016, and the film will be a look at events in Crimea, from 2014 to 2017, with a unique adventure at its core!

The premiere will be in Moscow in January, and you are all cordially invited! More details of that to come!