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Journey & truth

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Journey & truth

The colour and the shape

Last July, I shared a cinematic poster I'd designed for our feature documentary, 'Sisters For Sale', together with an explanation of what it meant to me. The response was so positive I shared it a few days later on Imgur, where it quickly became one of their Most...

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Five years

There are two very different styles of mountain-climbing. The first is expedition style: using a larger team to establish a series of base camps at increasing altitudes, with enough supplies and equipment for a safe and steady ascent. The second is alpine style:...

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In the light

'Sisters For Sale' is a unique story, with a unique power to shine a light onto the dark realities of human trafficking. Most people are now aware of human trafficking - yet the trafficking stories we are told are often impersonal, inaccessible, and oversimplified....

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Balance

'Sisters For Sale' is a rather unusual documentary, following an extraordinary story through some very strange events. After filming the documentary, it took me a long time to begin processing the experience, and to start making sense of those events - particularly...

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Good feeling

Two months ago, I was taking a city bus through an area that had been hit hard by the economic crises of the past decade. There was an old man in the centre section of the bus, near the back doors. Instead of a walker, he had a little old wooden table on wheels to...

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Into the labyrinth

It's been 18.5 years since I first became professionally involved in filmmaking. I've spent a great deal of time working with technical aspects of filmmaking - scripting, filming, editing, etc. - but these things are behind me now. Everything beyond this point is...

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Keep your dreams

I first launched 'The Human, Earth Project' after learning of the abduction of my young Hmong friend, M.   The impossible dream behind the project was to get M home. M was taken from her home in northern Vietnam in July 2011, and presumed trafficked into China. ...

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Speaking in tongues

Today I want to recognise a few of the unsung heroes behind the scenes here at 'The Human, Earth Project' - the interpreters and translators who have made 'Sisters For Sale' possible. 'Sisters For Sale', our feature documentary, tells the story of the search for my...

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A touch of colour

I met Marta Farina on my very first trip to Vietnam, seven years ago. I spent two weeks with Marta and her then-partner Fausto, getting to know Sapa and the Hmong girls who have now become the focus of our feature documentary, 'Sisters For Sale'. The next time I saw...

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Almost killed me

I never imagined making a feature film would be easy, but I never knew how hard it was going to be. You pick the film apart. You put it back together. You watch it again, and again, until you just can't see it anymore. You push yourself, just a little further. Making...

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The final cut

Many things in life are a lot more complicated and time-consuming than originally anticipated. Recording the narration for our feature documentary, 'Sisters For Sale', was no exception. When I first began scripting the film, I tried to distance myself from the story,...

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Making the grade

There are almost a thousand separate pieces of footage in 'Sisters For Sale'. Each of those needs to be analysed, corrected and enhanced so they look great both individually, and as a cohesive whole. Some shots require little or no adjustment. Others can be run...

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Torn apart

'Sisters For Sale' has been my baby for years.  I've been intimately involved in every stage of its development - which makes me the worst person to see it objectively, much less to tear it apart. Last month, I visited Denmark's second-largest city, Aarhus, to work on...

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Poster girl

Our feature documentary, 'Sisters For Sale', tells a five-year story in two short hours. The trailer for the film showcases the same five-year story in just three minutes. Today, for the first time, I'm sharing the 'Sisters For Sale' poster - which is designed to...

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A well-kept secret

It's an exciting time for 'The Human, Earth Project' - we're approaching a huge milestone with the release of our feature documentary, 'Sisters For Sale', and today I'll be raising the curtains on where our journey will be leading us beyond the film!  First things...

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Checking it twice

I've now spent some 50-odd months working on 'Sisters For Sale' and 'The Human, Earth Project'. For much of that time, I've been working alone - but I don't like to refer to 'Sisters For Sale' as "my" documentary, or 'The Human, Earth Project' as "my" project, because...

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