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Times journo prevented from taking photograph

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Picture by Sam Coates

Sam was on a public road in London, John Adam Street, parallel to the Strand, where a production team were filming Peter Morgan’s latest work “The Special Relationship”. They intend to make it look like Downing Street and when Sam tried to take a snap of the scene he was threatened with the police.

Not remotely similar to my experience 16 months ago?

Of course it is, and we should all cry “Stop!” before the interfering busy bodies in society ensure that nothing of our age is recorded for future generations to enjoy.

Ironically, seeing as they were making another film about Tony and Cherie Blair and their relationships with American Presidents, the incident (if filmed) would have added a touch of realism and reminded future generations of the way in which NuLabour have relentlessly removed civil liberties from our island population since the inception of the TWAT (The War Against Terror) under the urging of G. W. Bush.

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Written by curly

July 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm

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  1. From the piece it’s not clear who did the threatening but it looks like a film location manager, so a professional journalist would have known that it was an empty threat.

    Unless however, the film-makers had an agreement from the local borough or GLA for exclusive media rights during the filming, which is common in London. Essentially, for a fee, the street becomes a closed set and the film makers have exclusive rights to filming and photography for the period they are there. Film-makers pay something like £1000 an hour for this and wouldn’t want anyone sneaking photos. Any unauthorised photographers could be considered as committing trespass if they refuse to desist from taking photographs. This a professional photographer based in London would also know.

    Given the lack of detail lending to some no doubt intentional ambiguity I suspect a little dummy spitting here. If that’s the case he does photographers no favours by playing the helpless victim of ‘the man’ here.


    July 30, 2009 at 6:41 pm

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