December 11th, 2014

BIFA 2014 – After Party Pictures

Posted in BIFA 2014 MOET British Independent Film Awards 2014

Last Sunday at Old Billingsgate Market I was lucky enough to attend for a second year running, the British Independent Film Awards. Continue reading “BIFA 2014 – After Party Pictures” »

November 26th, 2014

How And Why Movie Piracy Is Killing Independent Film

Posted in movie piracy

This is an issue very close to my heart.

Back in August I announced my first feature film, ‘At Gunpoint’. This is a goal I have been working towards since I was ten years old. It is extremely hard to do which is why most who share the same dream give up before ever getting close.

Earlier this week, I checked the company email account to discover Google had alerted me of certain web pages out there that had written things about me. This was strange at first. Adam Patel is a common name. I believe there are at least 3 of us within 100 miles of each other. It could have been any one of them. But it was me.

What I found were websites claiming to have my feature film which hasn’t been filmed yet, available for free streaming. (And NO! I absolutely will not link to them). No doubt when it does get filmed, they will rip it and load it onto their sites. This more than annoyed me. Continue reading “How And Why Movie Piracy Is Killing Independent Film” »

November 21st, 2014

Should British Films Cost Less To Watch In Cinemas?

Posted in Cinema Start the movie!

The CEO of Lionsgate Films, Zygi Kamasa, has suggested that cinema tickets for British films should cost less than those for Hollywood blockbusters in an attempt to stimulate admission figures. In most industries the cost of a product is at least to some degree connected to the cost of production of the product. This has never been the case in the movie business. Whether you watch the latest Marvel movie or the latest British rom-com, a movie ticket is a movie ticket is a movie ticket.

This reminds me of when I was a kid and my father occasionally took my brother and I to the cinema. His strategy for getting his money’s worth was always to pick the film with the longest running time!

It doesn’t necessarily sound like a bad idea to me. So let’s take the thought for a walk… Continue reading “Should British Films Cost Less To Watch In Cinemas?” »

November 16th, 2014

Los Angeles, Santa Monica & AFM 2014

Posted in AFM at The Loews Hotel in Santa Monica The Loews Hotel in Santa Monica, Venue of the AFM

So I just got back from the American Film Market in Santa Monica. It was also my first time in Los Angeles.

I have always thought that the film industry knows how to throw a good party. Cannes and the AFM are both held at beach side venues where the sun is bright – yes, even in November – and the girls are hot. Unlike Cannes, the AFM is a lot more business focussed and it isn’t really covered by mainstream media. Continue reading “Los Angeles, Santa Monica & AFM 2014” »

October 12th, 2014

Kuala Lumpur 2014

Posted in KL cover Kuala Lumpur city scape, October 2014.

Malaysia is an interesting country. It’s population consists predominantly of three races – Indians, Chinese and indigenous Malay – living in closely matched proportions and in relative harmony. This makes Malaysian culture not strongly weighted in any one direction, a fairly unique quality, which gives rise to a very rich variety of experiences and cuisine. Continue reading “Kuala Lumpur 2014” »

October 3rd, 2014

48 Hours in Hong Kong

Posted in Adam Patel in Hong Kong Hong Kong city scape, October 2014.

A blanket of mist and fog covers the cityscape, only adding to the mythical feeling of this magnificent city. Both in terms of size and scale, Hong Kong towers over any city The West has to offer. Could it be the greatest city in the world? I can think of only New York City that can contend. London is but a small and sleepy village when compared with this neon behemoth. From a good vantage point, the city scape looks like the work of Hollywood CGI and it takes time to come to terms with the reality that it’s real – it really is that vast. Continue reading “48 Hours in Hong Kong” »

September 23rd, 2014

21 Life Lessons For My Kids (If I Ever Have Any)

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1. The first time you do anything is the worst it will ever be.

Whether it’s your first job interview, your first date or anything else, it may go badly. That’s okay. How could you know any better? The important thing is to learn from it and make the next time better. People are not born perfect. Perfection comes from education, experience and practice.

2. Try Almost Everything Once.

Stay away from smoking and drugs. But apart from that, if in doubt, give it a go. It’s better in most cases to default to yes than no. When you get older, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the things that you did. Continue reading “21 Life Lessons For My Kids (If I Ever Have Any)” »

August 26th, 2014

Keeping Up With The Patels

Posted in MOET British Independent Film Awards 2014

From India to Fiji to Leicester, this entrepreneurial clan is really going places…

I ask Dullabhbhai Patel, 62, born in India, formerly of Kenya, now an accountant and resident of Leicester, if he has ever suffered anything as commonplace as loneliness. He blinks, surprised, “No,” he says, shaking his head, “if you are a Patel you can never be lonely. You can go anywhere in the world, and there will always be a Patel.”

At home I test this. I dial 153 and say to the international directory enquiries operator: “I want the number of any Patel in Fiji.”

“You’ll have to be specific,” says the operator, “Patel is a common name there. What initial do you want?”

I think of the wilder shores of the north Atlantic. I dial 153 again. “St John’s, Newfoundland,” I say, muttering under my breath, “Ha, they’ll never get there.”

“I want to speak to a Dr Patel.”

There is a pause, then the operator asks: “Would that be Dr D P Patel or Dr A P Patel?”

How did the Patels, originally subsistence farmers from the Indian state of Gujarat, come to manifest themselves as the most ubiquitous clan name in Britain and reach the far flung corners of the western world? Continue reading “Keeping Up With The Patels” »

May 25th, 2014

Cannes: Sun, Sea & Cinema

Posted in Cannes Film Festival Cannes Sea Front, May 2014.

Every May, the city of Cannes in the south of France becomes Movie City. The American studios block book the five big hotels on La Croisette and drape advertising banners down them several stories high, the convention centre becomes a multiplex cinema and film professionals from 80 countries all over the world descend on the city for two weeks of sun, sea and cinema. And this year, for what I hope is the first time of many, I was there! Continue reading “Cannes: Sun, Sea & Cinema” »