IN THIS 'POST' - section, draft Kickstarter funding application appears down the page
specifics and more of the story and ethos on the other site https://www.simonclayton2020.com/
More intelligently merging the two websites is first job. Maybe this site can be used by a helper or two (them helping improve it) as the site to share within industry. And the other site i edit to keep to the basic story as reference for any writers or creatives who may join in.
Update, 18 March 2023
Note to recent correspondents. For 10 years I write and create chronicles. Journalism on the hoof. The old fashioned sort rather like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Borrow Uplanned, never to any agenda. I just set out walking, or sometimes on a bus, and see who I may meet. And we have Socratic dialog I often chronicle. I also write quite good poetry and also do a LOT of photojournalism.
These activities take up half my waking hours for the last ten years. The other half living by using hand tools doing hard work outdoors. My calling became the truth or the complete falsity on 'environmentalism'. The truth of gentrified rural areas; the truth of the rural 'poor'. I part-publish this work elsewhere under pen names. ALL my energy goes into that work. This project many years in a (metaphorical) box on my shelf. But every moment still as yesterday, but no pain or pity within.
I mention this only as my only failing is disastrous presentation online. As wealthy Londoners or Bristol people bought EVERYTHING, especially as of 2020 it is impossible nowadays to find affordable rentals. Everyone else's life is so pressurised, even here.
Mine is sublime - always has been. No stress, no angst. Long ago I accepted these things which mean that, yes, one may have to live off-grid in a pig sty or dog kennel. No problem for me. I would not have my life one second different. Less is more. A super simplified life enables one to focus on what matters - now, this. . However I have one old laptop with wonky keyboard, only a few hours of electricity every day. And thus do not even have time to edit my may typos. And this makes me sad. Tough titties. Presentation if for neurotics. Parents dying of grief trumps all neuroses. It is real
One day i shall tart it up. Soon, maybe...
Timestamp (this post - just my workbook i share with some) is.... midafternoonish - a rainy day here way way away from it all in the Hills of Wales.... go and use the local hotel's wifi.
.... 'musing' as someone said to me a few months ago - my hoped for collaborator, but NO ONE EVER likes this stuff so she...well....
Me musing. This early dark dank evening...
"hmmmm..... dont be silly, I only watched it a few months ago having a lonesome Christmas.....it, she....only she ever ...always makes me feel nice inside, and Ive met enough moviestars to never ever be even mildly piqued by one of them... though i never met the greatest of em all Bette D, from which REAl 'feminists' learned so much.... hmmm so i wonder what happened to her.... same year we both became a bit 'famous' hahh hahhh..... if only someone in Portugal could be found who may just understand the total NAzi agonny so many parents have gone through and still are.....and somehow the idea that somethings started in a funny little prison in dusty Evora 'prisayooo' sounds so much nicer.... the darling prison director let me use her fax to bamboozle half of fleet street...and it snowballed.... the look she would give me hahh hahhh...BUt above all the TRUEST coracao that i got from the most wonderful souls i have ever ever ever met in life.... THY alone built me up...i was in the worst abyss ever parted from my daughter first time in 4 years.... they alone...Louis Almeida.. Valeri... Orlando...and Miguel....gorgeous crazy Miguel... i remember every second of every one of them ....and they could not do enough to help me any way they could... shared their food...shared everything...and there we were on telly every night the terrible tales of CAsa Pia - child abuse home, but i knew it was far worse in so many ways in UK..... but no one in Portugal is going to believe me when i say.... hey your beautiful people did in fact do something that rippled up Europe and caused eventually change that did help many Brit parents suffering the worst grief at unlawful child loss....no no one is gonna 'get'that...and help me "
And ferk me up the tailpipe with a Orlando's bar of soap (PLEASE LISTEN AUDIOS OF SIMPLY MOST BEUTIFUL PRISONERS IN THE WORLD EVER I WILL LINK IT BETTER LATER)
the angel...as if the angels are actually on side.... has just done a bloody movie where she had to STUDY the pain of all this stuff with her ferapist...
On the day i sort of 'launched' or at least decided to fill in the rest of the Kickstarter and forget embarassment ...just DO it...
I have a heart attack - almost literally... no coincidences ever grab me by the collar and smash me to the floor any more....until one just has.
Please note (unless you are a non Portuguese who won't want to know that bit, yet. so i may have to edit this out later) Portugal is literally the 'star' of the movie...
see section below
That said a recent chance bit of Googling also allows me to super simplify the technical 'legal' drama side - though it is FAR more a tale of sticking ones finger up to the whole bossy boorish mean minded establishment...and winning...one must make sure the finger is clean, though - that's the key
If one were researching a film like this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listen_(2020_film) in 2005 no journalist or filmmaker would EVER get to speak to a parent suffering unlawful child removal by the state or EVEN speak to anyone with divorce proceedings in courts because as far as everyone was concerned - from the very top down to every campaigner or injustice sufferer t was TOTALLY ILLGAL WITH HARSH PENALTY to ever even discuss the fact that one has been in legal (i.e. care - child removal) proceedings. Everyone was terrified of that law. Most were too frightened of arrest for contempt they would not even go to their Member of Parliament thinking it was illegal to even share the case details with their MP.
I was darling, icon, of the protestors and campaigners 2003 - 2005 -I got to meet and deal with hundreds. EVERY SINGLE ONE was terrified of even naming their child assuming they were in threat of serious trouble if they did - even to me! There was no question of ever speaking with a journalist.
A serious criminal test case happened in 2005 ( the most senior criminal judge at the Royal Courts of Justice) due to a schoolboy whos parents were in a low level standard divorce case being named in a school publication ('publication' - no reference to the ongoing divorce, just a boy subject to these draconian rules being named in ANY print venue). The father was found guilty.
Then i came along.... everyone - many hundreds of campaigners and such people were so in shock that I - alone, was speaking in public (i did loads of TV in person December 2003 - summer 2004) ... my name out...my daughters name out..
They found it so hard to comprehend they actually could not speak to me about the subject - as if it couldnt be happening... one of 'us' was named in public... yet without any 'permission' was so mind blowing they could not bring themselves to even refer to it..it was too hard for them to take in.
And then just 18 months later i made it official...for ALL of them, too...in primary legislation accepted ACROSS THE BOARD as absolutely essential modernisation of the law... at the highest level in the whole legal system.
No beautiful Portuguese souls, no me
No me, no film Listen...
hmm.. i must watch it....
DRAFT - work in progress, English to be finessed later. Typos, still working on.
I only have an hour or so a day of battery at present. very word is always hurriedly spat out - i write elsewhere more elegantly.
I am sharing this now here, not that it seems many people look in, as a draft working piece - this is what i am writing in the Kickstarter application today
(7 grand working capital - some will put something in when they see others do)
Title (working - may be a bit earnest, this wont be earnest, we shall have to see. Maybe it should be 'Coração'... hmmm.??..)
Our Freedom To Speak. Feature film based on true life events
Real life story of how one man changed a whole legal culture within two years of dramatic arrest abroad. Forming team / collective.