Entries Tagged as 'The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold'

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Update on The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold

Dear contributors, supporters, fans, lovely people: One of the most common questions an independent filmmaker is asked is “when is it going to be ready?” Like most artists, our secret, silent-voice answers aren’t usually very polite. They revolve around “when it’s ready.” The biggest setback for any indy [like a real indy, not one backed […]

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

sans serif typeface wltm serif typeface for friendship, dialogue, maybe more

Meet Hermit. Hermit is a lively, readable sans serif font who would like to meet a complimentary serif font for a long term relationship on all the material, onscreen gubbins and publicity for The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold. Hermit would need someone who is solemn with gravitas but who also understands irony and can deliver […]

Monday, February 17th, 2014

the cotton film dot com [new taster]

Well hello there. We have a new taster for the film. Click the image, sign up to get the taster code and watch away.   You’ll need about twelve minutes to watch it. If you’d like to help us out, then please click donate and do please give what you can. The first few who […]

Monday, July 15th, 2013

will transparency in the fashion industry ever become a reality?

Transparency and traceability were top of the agenda at the SOURCE summit, but what will it take for the fashion industry to tackle the destruction it leaves in its wake? Ethical fashion‘s movers and shakers met at the Ethical Fashion Forum’s SOURCE Summit last Friday. Calling itself “the most important event for fashion and sustainability“, […]

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

special offer for dirty white gold fans!

The new quarterly magazine – STIR – has just published The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold as their lead story this month! With beautiful artwork by Matthew Carey Simos for my article, it is really worth buying a print copy. STIR is offering Dirty White Gold fans free postage for those who live in the […]

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

why are Indian farmers committing suicides over their debts?

Every day, I Google “farmer suicides” and every day I see a new entry. I have a mantra which riffs on this: “Nearly 300,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide to get out of debt since 1995. In the state of Maharashtra in 2006, 4,453 people committed suicide. That’s one every eight hours.” If you close […]

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

suicide – the only way out of debt?

Nearly 300,000 Indian farmers killed themselves to get out of debt between 1995 and 2011. In the state of Maharashtra alone, 4,453 people committed suicide in 2006. That’s around one every eight hours. As I’m writing this, I hear of seven farmers who’ve died in the past three days. It’s like a swathe of desperate people […]

Monday, September 24th, 2012

the cotton film: dirty white gold | crowdfund

At last – it lives! We launched the crowdfund for our film The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold today. The journey starts with nearly 300,000 Indian farmers who have killed themselves to escape debt. At one point, up to 26 per day. They are the price we pay for cheap cotton – trapped in a […]

Monday, May 21st, 2012

some trying trial pieces to camera

as shot in Vidharba, India on a research trip for my feature documentary on Indian cotton farmer suicides, pesticides and fashion…. dirty white gold won’t be your friday night date film but, with a bit of craft, it won’t be one of those documentaries that bash you over the head with the worthy stick either…. […]

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold update

Just back from Geneva. Endosulfan was listed under Annex A of the Stockholm Convention for Persistent Organic Pollutants. This means all use and production of this very deadly and debilitating poison is now internationally banned. Because the production of endosulfan is big business for the Indian government, their delegation and lobbies were strongly opposed to […]