Sometime next week or so I should have our short trailer for our documentary film inspired by the true events of this case.
In early 2018 legislation should be passed that increases the maximum for such offences by ten times what they are today.
While it is excellent for them to have these greatly extended powers, it will be a hollow victory indeed if the judiciary are consistently proving not to use them. Not much use something existing on paper if not applied in practice.
I strongly believe Operation Frankish can play a pivotal role in ensuring that it becomes more than something written down and that it is in fact used.
While I am not expecting every little toe rag to get five years – I will fully expect proven zoosadists as extreme as that pair were to receive the full force of the new maximum.
Rest assured – two or three cases somewhat like their one will surface next year. And when they do? When they do its crucial that they get the new maximum. The judiciary need to make an example of them and our role can be to keep an eye on the judiciary to ensure that they do.
A culture/social habits can be changed for the better. But it order to do so you must first wake people up to a threat they may have been previously ignorant to.
A few decades ago it was socially acceptable and not even a big illegal deal to drink and drive. It sounds amazing, but its true.
In fact it was so habitual that people were cynical that the social culture could be changed. And yet it was.
A large and powerful way that they deployed in order to win the hearts and minds of people and wake them up to the reality?
A very intense campaign of often quite shocking anti drink driving adverts. It was that coupled with stricter laws that totally altered social attitudes toward drink driving in this country.
‘Its only a drink’ would have been a common and legit state of mind 40 years ago.
‘Its only a dog’ is all too often the perception today.
There is no film that would ever make a sociopath into not a sociopath. That’s not the intention of this production. I’m not that naive to think such diseased individuals can ever be turned around by any means.
It was their video which caused this guy(me) to take constructive action. As ugly as it was, that is the power of video versus something written down and a photo.
Film and video provoke all your senses except for smell.
We have around four months to make this. Its not a nailed on four months, but that’s the target.
That would mean we could release it sometime in the Spring of 2018. With each passing day we are thinking up new ways it could be used.
For example, just yesterday it was proposed to us that independently owned cinemas and theatre’s would probably be receptive to taking it on.
We can also reach a mass audience with this via You Tube, and an international one at that.
As the weeks go by I dare say that other ideas and suggestions that will occur to us.
Everyone remembers a film or documentary that sticks in their mind and provoked various emotions in them, maybe even got them to see life in a slightly different way.
That is what we must endeavour to create and that is how we must strive to use the completed work.
This is a fact. The general public obviously know animal cruelty is a ‘bad thing’. Stand with a clipboard and ask 100 passers by and they’d probably think you were mad for even asking the question. People understand instinctively that its a bad thing.
What they do not yet widely understand is the wider implications. They do not really commonly understand what a zoosadist is, they often know nothing of their pathology and they totally underestimate how truly twisted and dangerous such a person is in totality.
Its by way of the public understanding that and taking it on that your cultural shift can come.
Even I didn’t get all of this at one time. I knew animal cruelty vaguely existed, but it was only when I saw that video and really began digging into this that it fully dawned on me precisely what such people are, why are they so dangerous and why the Government CANNOT have such people at large. It cannot even be an option.
If that one piece of video evidence can wake one man up enough to have created OF and taken action then imagine what a properly produced documentary seen by the many can do?
The conversations it will start. The people who may see it. The people who may feel moved into constructive action having watched it. The way it can get people thinking about something in a new way.
I’ve called this the Big Push since that’s precisely and exactly what this is.
Thinking out loud here, but you know what would be really good? I know that the people of Redcar and that region were obviously repulsed that two people from their town stained Redcar. That’s how they see it.
By taking care of these two dickheads this past 18 months, OF has unquestionably helped Redcar. The same goes for other locations like Darlington. They didn’t last long in Darlo either, not when we helped the landlady come to an informed decision on their tenancy and initiated a local boycott among shops.
It would be a great gesture if some sort of group of informal people in such towns got together and made a donation on behalf of their town which we would use for the production of this film.
They aren’t obligated. I just think it would look like a very good thing to do and if it came from a group or body of townspeople, then I’d obviously have them credited.
Like I say – just me thinking out loud.
To everyone else?
I only ask that you donate what you can personally afford but that you do donate.
I know that there is absolutely no need for things to be how they are, all this sadism and the inevitable underwhelming official reaction to it.
The actual numbers of zoosadists like that pair probably number in their(few) thousands in all of the UK.
Its too many. But its not so many that its so insurmountable that they can never be dealt with or beaten.
Its is true that one way you beat them is indeed by locking them up. Obviously they cannot do what they do when locked up.
But you must also defeat them by taking your issue and pricking the public consciousness.
And that’s where powerful film documentaries that get seen by many come in.
Never ever think you must bow your head and accept the status quo and that malformed little pricks like that are always destined to somehow come out smelling of roses.
Not at all. If you think that then you need to quit thinking it and start understanding that a social structure and a public consciousness can been changed. It has before. And it will again. And we will be at the forefront of that change.
And when I say ‘we’ that’s really you as well.