The first shot of the day on the rather treacherous slope of the Hollywood sign - 1930s actress Peg Entwistle going to jump off the H
A very entertaining afternoon in San Francisco with Armistead Maupin - his mischievous take on everything from Rock Hudson in bed to how to deal with Trump
Filming in New York's Metropolitan Building with the wonderful Amy Greene - Marilyn Monroe's best friend - sassy, sharp and hilarious at 88
At the Jia Yu Guan Film Festival - fun week - writers and filmmakers from all over gathered together in the Gobi desert - a kind of Chinese Sheffield with a sprinkling of Communism
Didn't have to wait for translator as every talk had simultaneous translation
I’m shooting a commercial for Google this week in Lagos. It’s an uplifting story about how a teenager Ese Odiete created a globally successful fashion business from nothing. Great to be telling a inspiring story of female empowerment from this part of the world and fascinating how the internet can give women the power to smash through gender and age barriers.
Security is tough – we’re a small team but have had to have two armed guards with us throughout the shoot – still get lots of hassle from the area boys – the thugs who control many areas of the city.
These two are area boys we’ve befriended to help navigate a busy market we are filming in this morning. Would be impossible without paying them off.
Here is my producer Lesley Williams from Sunshine Films and fixer Anthony Abbey – if you are going to Lagos he’s your man –
I’m out in Rwanda shooting a film for the Kigali Genocide Museum. It’s been a humbling and inspiring experience talking to survivors twenty years on after the 100 day genocide against the Tutsis when three quarters of them were slaughtered by friends and neighbours. Quite hard to believe it happened so recently walking round this bustling, modern city.
I’ve been filming at the Gisimba orphanage - during the genocide its Hutu owner hid over 400 people - he was a hero, risking his life. Men would lie on beds under sheets, and all the kids sat on top of them. They had to stay like that for 23 hours a day - terrifying. Miraculously most of them survived.
These are two of the survivors I've interviewed - no one else in their family survived. Amazing women - the mum still lives next door to the neighbours who killed her young kids when they went over for a playdate. She says she’s forgiven them - I don’t know how.
Moto taxis are definitely the way to get around town here
These are the mass graves within the museum where a quarter of a million Tutsis have been laid to rest.
If you’re looking for a sound man in East Africa Safali is your man -www.safalisound.rw- fantastic at his job and a lovely presence on set.