After 4 months of work, here it is, my new documentary:
I’m on my way to Russia now, but, I’d prepared for the UK not to allow me to leave, given the political climate there now – and actually I was more than in the mood to turn my full attention, and reportage to the absolute debacle, festering pit of dishonesty, and deceit, that is UK politics, and the manifest problems in UK society right now. However, that will have to wait, for now.
As it was, while others passed through customs at Dover in a minute, I was detained for half an hour. Asked where I was going, to which I answered, entirely truthfully, Luxembourg, then Russia. What I’d be doing there – filming reportage– for how long – I’d decide that later, where to after that – I’d decide that later.
However, that was that, I departed the UK, and I’m now well on my way to Russia. I’ll most likely be back in the UK after the World Cup 2018, with lots, lots of work to come before that, from this part of the world.
Today, after filling out all the relevant documentation, submitting my application, payment, as each year in recent years, I received my visa for Russia, valid for the next year:
My concrete plans are to go to Luxembourg, to finish my documentary there, on Belval. And then Russia, to start filming reportage about the World Cup 2018. Those are my only concrete plans at this time.
Just for the record, and I’m sure they regret saying this now, given the ramping up in their support of Ukraine, but in September 2016, the UK Ambassador to Ukraine, Judith Gough, said this:
“Mr. Phillips did not commit an offense in Great Britain that could be a reason for the British government to make him forbidden to leave the country.”
Nor have I committed any offences since then.
And on we go to work! It’s a huge year ahead, there’s so much to do, and I’m in the mood to do it!