By a Newsnet reporter
 
An independent film company has announced plans to make a documentary on how the BBC report and manipulate political news in Scotland.
 
The company, Equinox TV which is part of Equinox Scotland Limited – an independent production company - has launched a bid to raise funds in order to produce a documentary that “puts the BBC’s news coverage under the microscope.”

According to the fund raising website, the documentary will see “World-renowned experts in propaganda and media bias explore compelling evidence that the once widely-admired public service broadcaster has stooped to using highly questionable tactics to manipulate public opinion, such as:

  • - distorting reality
  • - stifling debate
  • - spin-doctoring, and
  • - using politically-loaded language

Speaking to Newsnet Scotland, project head David McDowell said £3000 would be needed in order to ensure the project goes ahead.

He said: “The success or failure of this project now lies in the hands of those who believe in a free and democratic media.”

Mr McDowell, a professional journalist and documentary scriptwriter, called on anyone who wanted a balanced and informative debate to help raise funds for the project and added:

“I would urge everyone to help in any way they can, either by donating, asking friends to donate or simply distributing our leaflets or linking to our facebook page.”

He added: “We have the people ready, so it’s over to you.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the project and/or download promotional leaflets can do so by visiting the project site at: http://www.sponsume.com/project/make-believers-documentary.

Promotional video for The Make Believers

Comments  

 
# brusque 2012-07-04 21:42
I'll be happy to contribute, but I think they are looking for major backing, and not the few pounds most of us can contribute.

Glad to give it though.
 
 
# call me dave 2012-07-04 22:11
Good idea!

They were the folk who did the little film of the Pacific Quay protest.
I've chipped in a "SS" contribution.
Lets give the newer media technology a chance.



O/T
Wimbledon:

Good tennis match from both players but Murray played great and without the huff. He's fit as a fiddle too!

He's more British than ever this week.
I hope he's even more British next week.

LOL #;)
 
 
# 1scot 2012-07-07 12:26
Totally agree, however I was directed to a Twitter page called, simply, JockCu.t. What I read there was disgusting. All coming from young men. We seem to be of the few who support Andy Murray.
 
 
# Angry_Weegie 2012-07-04 22:16
Brusque, probably you're right, but £3000 is 300 times a tenner or 600 times a fiver. Given the interest expressed in these columns, I wouldn't have thought that was beyond the bounds of possibility. Certainly you could count me in. I think it's a great idea. However, I would like to know how they plan to distribute the finished documentary and who would see it. Can we be sure that it wouldn't just play to the converted.
 
 
# brusque 2012-07-04 22:23
Quoting Angry_Weegie:
Brusque, probably you're right, but £3000 is 300 times a tenner or 600 times a fiver. Given the interest expressed in these columns, I wouldn't have thought that was beyond the bounds of possibility. Certainly you could count me in. I think it's a great idea. However, I would like to know how they plan to distribute the finished documentary and who would see it. Can we be sure that it wouldn't just play to the converted.



Call me daft weegie, for some reason I read £300,000............I have no excuse except that I was typing through the red mist of listening to people denouncing "Cybernats" on the Scotland Tonight programme. Featuring the bileous Lord Ffoulkes, who has decided that the term shold be in the dictionary.

If you are a Unionist carry on abusing as usual. Where is the Rolling Eyes icon when you need it?
 
 
# Angry_Weegie 2012-07-05 20:24
Quoting brusque:
If you are a Unionist carry on abusing as usual. Where is the Rolling Eyes icon when you need it?


Me...a unionist!!! How could you. Darkened room and several forgetfulness tipples await
 
 
# brusque 2012-07-05 21:08
Quoting Angry_Weegie:
Quoting brusque:
If you are a Unionist carry on abusing as usual. Where is the Rolling Eyes icon when you need it?


Me...a unionist!!! How could you. Darkened room and several forgetfulness tipples await


No!! not you weegie, I was talking about Lord Ffoulkes who seems to think that only CyberNats are offensive - there are 3 times as many Unionist posters on Scottish Newspapers using quite vile abude.
 
 
# grumblingtummy 2012-07-05 00:14
£50 donated a few hours ago. Good to see £310 or 10% being donated towards the project in the first 24 hours.

Time for others to start putting their money where their typing fingers are! :-)

It is up to all of us to turn this into a viral movie once it is launched.

I expect it will be freely available on miscellaneous video sharing websites in due course.

There is no way one of the main stream broadcasters will produce anything like this documentary. It really is up to the people of Scotland to expose the truth.
 
 
# scotswhahae 2012-07-05 00:20
Donated, hope everyone does the same, a small price to pay for TRUTH..
 
 
# rhymer 2012-07-07 17:55
Quoting tartan fever and Jake62:
"Little warning from me. £3k is nothing . . "100k+ would be needed to do this properly

Not necessarily - good locations, good acting and a good script , with some humor, will bump up the production values.
 
 
# tartanfever 2012-07-05 08:06
Little warning from me. £3k is nothing, a full hour long documentary of broadcast quality and rigorous research which takes time to produce containing a good variety of interviews with respected individuals I would expect to cost over £100k.

If this is the start of a plethora of 'anti-BBC' films that barely scratch the surface, don't have the right interviewees being asked the right questions, look shoddy etc etc then don't bother with it.

If you're going to do it, the do it properly. If you can't then think about the damage you could cause to the campaign by putting out nothing more than a crackpot conspiracy theory film that will be ripped to shreds.
 
 
# Jake62 2012-07-05 15:19
"Little warning from me. £3k is nothing . . "

Yes, this tiny budget worried me a bit, too. I really don't mean to ruffle any feathers, but is this a bona fide project? I'd have thought, as you say, that £100k+ would be needed to do this properly
 
 
# Marga B 2012-07-05 08:33
A Catalanist group did a similar "crowd funding" effort, again asking for 3,000 euros and eventually raising 10,000 euros, which they said made all the difference to the quality and ambition of the film. Most sponsors gave €25 and there were 277 sponsors in total, donating between 10 and 300 euros.

I've seen it, it consisted mostly of interviews and news reports of the day (it was a case of alledged torture in detention) but showed well - hopefully this producer will have the same experience.

See Equinox report receiving 10% of the total in 24 hours!

sponsume.com/.../...

The Catalan film was about the dark side of the 92 Olympics and the famous Judge Garzón. If anyone wants to see the trailer (in Catalan although the film is available with English subtitles) to judge the quality, they can find it here:

verkami.com/.../...
 
 
# X_Sticks 2012-07-05 09:04
Donation made.

I hope the makers can shame BBC Scotland (& BBC UK having seen Nick Witchell's disgraceful reporting) into providing a better service.

Daniel Maxwell should be ashamed of his censorship of the Scottish blogs.
 
 
# gregalach 2012-07-05 09:11
Donation made - anything that will show up the BBC for the deceitful charlatans they are will be well worth it. I hope this doc becomes distributed internationally on a large scale so that the beeb and its lackeys are totally humiliated over their biased, nasty sneaky attacks on independence and on those who seek to regain our strength in independence.
 
 
# Mei 2012-07-05 09:19
This film could be a silver bullet straight in the black heart of the BBC!

Donation made!

£640 donated so far.
 
 
# cjmasta 2012-07-05 09:25
The BBC`s bias is a daily occurence, when you think about its media dominance in the UK with its 24 hour UK news and all the other coverage including the internet it really is a monster.

I hope the film takes time to show how dominant the BBC is and also how Scotland gets such a raw deal by London refusing to devolve broadcasting to Scotland, basically another country controls our airwaves.

When certain things like that are spelled out to folk and then you show them the clear bias then more people will view the BBC with the caution it deserves.

My donation has been made, will make another if needs be too. This could be a good documentary, hopefully one which can be distributed to non believers and convince them also.
 
 
# Ard Righ 2012-07-05 10:01
A fantastic idea, not least as the evidence has already been broadcast !

There is only our truth when it comes to matters of our country.

It will be refreshing. We are all sick and tired of hearing the Anglo-unionist distortion and outright fabrications of our past, present and speculation of the future from the english media, the english government, oxbridge "authority" and distant english legal history.

Our version of events must become a broadcast reality.
 
 
# sneckedagain 2012-07-05 10:45
The plan should be to get this kind of thing when made up onto discs which can be widely delivered. The physical cost of a recorded disc is a few pennies and I know that the copy on disc of Diomhair that I have shown many people has had a profound effect on lots of them.
 
 
# HaggisHunter 2012-07-06 00:35
Quoting sneckedagain:
The plan should be to get this kind of thing when made up onto discs which can be widely delivered. The physical cost of a recorded disc is a few pennies and I know that the copy on disc of Diomhair that I have shown many people has had a profound effect on lots of them.



How did you get this, i've looked all over and cant get a copy of it anywhere. Youtube is all i can find, and broken into segments.
 
 
# Ard Righ 2012-07-07 17:29
Diomhair (the Gaeilc for "secret") was a good eye opener for many:

www.youtube.com/.../

Truth, Lies, Oil and Scotland was also a good eye opener, but a bit tame:

www.youtube.com/.../

The next one for resurrection is the "The Cheviot The Stag & the Black Black oil" travelling theatre play immortalised as a docu-film by the 7:84 Theatre company written in the early seventies and toured in 1973 in all the remote areas of our land, recorded 1974 produced by and banned by the BBC ever since, this is the first time its been uploaded to you tube! upload it before it gets pulled off:

www.youtube.com/.../

The above playlist misses part four which is here:

www.youtube.com/.../
 
 
# Edulis 2012-07-05 12:03
# X-Sticks

I haven't seen any comment on the Nicholas Witchell piece but I too spotted an invidious slant in that news item of the Jubliee service and the visit to George Square. Alex Salmond's reading was made to look like a reference to the tumult of nations rising and falling (aka Independence)wh en in fact Psalm 46 is all about returning to God in the midst of the affairs of man.
 
 
# Dundonian West 2012-07-05 12:28
Super idea----I'm going to donate----and also place it on my Facebook,newsne tscotland Facebook link above,place it on my Timeline and send it onwards to my on-line 'friends'.
Saw the Nicholas Witchell reporting,and deemed it definitely political rather than Royal reporting.
He went too far,involving the Queen in the Referendum,repeating the film clip of HM's words spoken in 1977" “I cannot forget that I was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”. but the BBC won't be having a quiet word in his ear.
Seeing her sitting in Glasgow Cathedral yesterday she had been made to look like a Monarch with a political agenda!
It is as it says on the label the British Broadcasting Corporation.
 
 
# J Wil 2012-07-05 15:05
Blair Jenkins, who heads the Yes campaign, told BBC Scotland on Sunday that the BBC were not biased.

So how will that go down?

I can't see the BBC agreeing to show the film and who else will, but it would be a step forward if there was a TV debate on this very important subject, viz. how the BBC undermines democracy and tears up their own charter. Characterized by Brain Taylor, Glenn Campbell, Raymond Buchanan, Gordon Brewer.
 
 
# dundie 2012-07-05 16:57
£25 donated. Over £700 raised already in less than 2 days, the more funds they receive the better the programme will be. Once made, I'm sure it could be shown in various countries around the globe - which would help to counter the obvious BBC propaganda that they, too, are fed.
 
 
# Leal 2012-07-05 18:43
I hope its not just exposing the BBC. It's all non online media in Scotland and across the isles of Britain. It's ingrained imperialism inthe media as a whole.
 
 
# Angry_Weegie 2012-07-05 22:08
Donation made, over £1100 now. However, as others have said, I have reservations about the quality that can be achieved for £3k. In addition, as I said in an earlier post, how do we go about getting an audience for the film. It's got to be good, but it's also got to be seen by the uncommitted or we're just preaching to the converted.
 
 
# sneckedagain 2012-07-05 22:31
DVD discs cost pennies. That's how to distribute it. Direct delivery
 
 
# mutterings 2012-07-05 23:32
Quoting sneckedagain:
I know that the copy on disc of Diomhair that I have shown many people has had a profound effect on lots of them

Did you burn the youtube version onto DVD? I did this for friends who don't use a computer. It's viewable but obviously not great for watching on TV.

To whom did you distribute the DVD? Just people you know or stick it in letter-boxes?
 
 
# tartanfever 2012-07-06 01:09
I wouldn't burn DVD's and them have them delivered (by whom and at what expense ?)

Why not just put it on You Tube (free) or if you have some cash, build your own website and place it there ?

The key to it's success and reach is advertising. In local papers, on internet sites, social media, flyers if need be and so on.
 
 
# K Mackay 2012-07-06 03:54
Donated, can't wait to see the film and get it distributed. They're at £1,230 41% of total already. Methinks there's alot of people very keen to see the BBC properly exposed, hope they do it well.
 
 
# ianbeag 2012-07-06 09:29
Echo the earlier comments to aim higher in producing this long awaited exposure of 'auntie's' bias. Donation total now showing £1730 and 58% of target reached. A great initiative.
 
 
# mutterings 2012-07-06 09:50
Quoting tartanfever:
I wouldn't burn DVD's and them have them delivered (by whom and at what expense ?)

Why not just put it on You Tube (free) or if you have some cash, build your own website

I have built and am hosting my own eponymous website but I am concerned about the people who aren't online or make not much use of it.

For example, when I helped collecting signatures for the Yes campaign, I asked a lady in her mid-fifties, who was still undecided, where she was getting her news from. She said she didn't use the internet much.

And what about all those who don't use the net at all?
 
 
# sneckedagain 2012-07-06 10:25
tartanfever

It is a mistake to imagine that stuff on YouTube gets to the general public. The online constituency is informed and growing but it still represents a modest minority of our population. I will be in a public place this afternoon, probably with about 30 plus other persons. I doubt if any more than about three of them are "online".
If only those online were allowed to vote in the Referendum YES would win it, but then again the SNP would have swept to power in every corner of Scotland at the recent local elections as well.
My brother and my sister, both highly qualified professional people are computer literate but they would never think of looking up political stuff on line. They are not untypical and its a mistake to think that winning blog battles means that we are winning the war.

Nearly eveybody however has a DVD player
 
 
# McHaggis 2012-07-06 13:27
Backed...
 
 
# Koenig 2012-07-06 22:58
There are many independent productions made. They have to be bought by a network to be aired, consigned to the internet or never made.
 
 
# Dundonian West 2012-07-07 12:41
BBC permits comments re British Broadcasting Corporation in London,but not Scottish politics/news in Scotland.

bbc.co.uk/.../...
 
 
# Marga B 2012-07-08 14:35
Update Sunday 8.7.2012 - so far 81 backers, £2,520, 84% raised of £2,999 goal - after only 4 days online! 54 sponsoring days still to go ...
 
 
# Dundonian West 2012-07-09 12:20
House of Lords Reform---comments permitted.BBC.
bbc.co.uk/.../...

BBC Scotland----a bleak and barren landscape of no comments.
Who are these unelected people usurping the will and views of the people in Scotland?
I would argue that Scotland's destiny,one way or the other,is more important than reform of a Second Chamber.
 
 
# call me dave 2012-07-09 20:51
WOW!

Only £174 to go.

Well done everyone good effort.
 
 
# Mei 2012-07-10 17:00
Only £114 to go, 4 or 5 donors required at the average donation so far.
 
 
# CyBOS 2012-07-10 22:30
Only £49 to go now!

But let's keeping going so the film makers have the additional resources to make it even better.
 
 
# velofello 2012-07-10 22:55
C'mon lads and lassies, this is an opportunity to strike at the core of anti-Scotland propaganda, BBC Scotland.
I agree with CyBOS,let's keep on contributing a few pounds as we can afford.
 
 
# graememcallan 2012-07-11 00:46
Just contributed - we can dae it!!! ;-)))
 
 
# Mei 2012-07-11 08:40
£39 to go !
 
 
# Aucheorn 2012-07-11 08:52
Now at £2971:00, 100 Backers, 52 days to go.
 
 
# flyingscotsman 2012-07-11 12:07
They've met their target. Maybe they can extend their documentary into the newspapers as well, daily mince such as this

theglaswegian.co.uk/.../...
 
 
# Aucheorn 2012-07-11 22:29
From “The Make Believers” team

Over the winning line – in just 7 days!
Submitted by David McDowell on Wednesday, Jul 11th - 17:02
Project to update:
The Make Believers Documentary
From “The Make Believers” team


All thanks to YOU!!

Work on the pre-production stage of the documentary can now begin in earnest.

Since there are still 51 funding days left please keep tweeting, texting, emailing and sharing this page with all your friends. If the final total is substantially more it could make all the difference to the quality and ambition of the finished film.

And stay tuned for further updates.

David from “The Make Believers” team
 
 
# graememcallan 2012-08-02 04:13
David, this is fantastic news and I'm looking forward to seeing it, glad to have been of help in a small way - so do you think the funding being raised privately in a short period of time is newsworthy to the MSM in Scotland?

Me neither ;-)))
 

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