Sunday, July 29, 2018

Entouradge

Why a memoir? Well, it's not to make money that's for sure. I know these kind of things sell fuckall but it's a cathartic process for me to get all this stuff out my head, try to sustain good mental health and, maybe, inspire another Gadgie like me to write a book or make a film.

What I am writing about are the three books I've written that got turned into documentaries and everything that happened around that period in my life. I need to do it to try to move on from the traumatic stuff that happened (although I've put all that in one chapter as the abuse is not the main focus of the book)

A lot of good things did happen as well but, more importantly for me, I learned and matured a lot as well.

One of the main inspirations for the book was when @jimslaven said to me one day "The working classes should always write their own histories" That whirled around my head a lot and I thought that, as well as doing that, I could share some of the stuff I've learned in the book and film game trying to remind folk that these industries are not the property of the rich nor are they the property of the middle or upper classes either.

I'm also trying to entertain as best as I can so there are quite a few mad tales, that I've never shared publicly previously, in there as well.

This book will also act as a bridge to another project, far bigger, that I will announce on November 2nd.

Until then, if you want to pre-order the book and support me in this memoir project you can do so by clicking here and picking up a signed copy for yourself. It's £20 anywhere in the world and it's stuff like this that fuels the bigger stuff.

Similarly, if you can't afford that, I'd appreciate a like, retweet and share.

I'm going to share a lot of intimate stuff in this book but no one I know has anything to worry about, this is not any tabloidesque type pish to try and humiliate folk.

It's simply a working class Gadgie writing a little bit of history and appreciating every single person who wants to share it with him.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Jim The Tim-The Play


Since uploading Anyone but Celtic and Armageddon, the response has been phenomenal. Both have been watched over 3000 times since June 1st with The Asterisk Years gaining another 1100 viewers. You can get them here My next writing project is a passion project and, I can reveal here now, one of three that I will do in the next six years. It's called Jim The Tim, is a play and is based on a story involving my auld man that happened to him in the spring of 1970 in between a 0-0 draw at Tynecastle to clinch our second five in a row and winning 1-0 at Elland Road in the European Cup Semi-Final.

It's a story that has done the rounds among family for years and one that I searched out more about when Celtic went to Tynecastle in 2016 to clinch our third five in a row. I had thought about a novel or even a short film but I think a play format suits the story best.

So where we at? Well, I've already secured sounds effects people for the play, scenery builders, two great singers and am about a third of a way through the script. October, 2019 is pencilled in for the premiere. I'd like to have actors in place September of this year and the script done by Christmas.

This is a break from my usual stuff and something that may upset my pet abusers who love nothing more than to try to destroy everything I do because they display narratives they don't like. Well, don't worry people, the project after this will make your heads spin faster than Regan in The Exorcist.

Ta ta for now.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Asterisk Years, ABC and Armageddon all free to air

They are out there now, forever and a day.

All three of the films I made are now free to air and can be obtained on my website now right here

There's no catch, they are free. I have put links to the three charities the films supported from the get-go and ask, if you like said film, you could make a small contribution to said charity. That's it.

The charities are:

The Kano Foundation

The Celtic Foundation

Musical Therapy for Children 

Please enjoy the films if you can.

So what now?

After a long think, in terms of writing, it's time I pursued a passion project.


Aye, Jim The Tim, a play set in 1970 based on a story that my auld man was involved in. I'm aiming for an October 2019 premiere. It's something that's been in my mind for 2-3 years now and something I now think it's time to get my teeth into after a few false dawns. I've already set the wheels in motion with some folk and the balls of the first of three acts is now written.

So, until then, enjoy the films, we did three in four years with very little money and a lot of hard work but it was worth every second, believe me.

All are on my website here

Peace, Love and Laughs to all (Bar the pricks we went after)

Paul




Friday, May 4, 2018

You'll Never Walk Alone

We had a laugh on the HomeBhoys last night about the prospect of Steven Gerrard standing in the away dugout at Celtic Park pretending to not enjoy 52,000 people singing You'll Never Walk Alone. I was actually in Liverpool post-5-0 trouncing of Sevco and the dialled in Liverpool fans were pretty astonished that Gerrard was even considering it. I'm not that surprised. Gerrard's ultimate aim is to manage Liverpool and, despite stories of the Boot Room and all that, Liverpool were never going to do a Roy Evans again.

I've seen and heard a lot of drivel spoken regarding his religion and so on and, aye, I know the staunch will use that as the first stick to beat him with but in all honesty, who really gives a fuck? As long as he is not a Jedi, I don't care. The stuff I care about is can he do the job and what funds will he have? As Celtic supporters, that's all we should really care about. In terms of ability to do the job, no one knows with any certainty. Very few great players make great managers and I've always thought that's because lesser players have to think about the game more. People say he talks a good game but so does Harry Redknapp and he's won only one trophy (and that almost killed Portsmouth)

In terms of cash, they have none at the moment. Despite daily dire warnings from the usual suspects, there was never a chance of them going into administration this season. Anyone with any experience in the financial game would tell you that and that's why I'd always defer to them. Which means talk of the feted "investment" that has had social media abuzz in the last few weeks. I never really buy into that. They say the best way to take £5m out of football is to put £20m in first. The modern addendum to that should be "or tell Sevco fans you're going to bankroll their club"

Let's say it did happen though, that Gerrard was given, say, £20m, in the summer. Is that really such a bad thing? We saw too many examples last season where our lack of motivation enabled some horrendous performances and that has to come down to the fact that there was no real pressure on us in these games. There's also the fact that we could spend £20m on players in the summer too. (who knows, other clubs might awaken from their slumber too and we get to rid the game of dinosaurs like Levein and Wright)

Admittedly, the downside of this is the rivers of guff we will need to swim through as Level 5 go into overdrive but we have been here before and he was a Scouser too.

All that matters to us, really, is what we do, and what I expect is a big turnaround of players in the summer, leading to fees coming in of circa £30m.  Add that into an already healthy bank balance and the best manager in the game controlling it (sorry Jack Ross) then I think we can afford to sit comfortably before the games begin.

Then we walk on.




Friday, March 9, 2018

It's your baby now


Today marks the last day I own Armageddon. As the book and film are shot into the world, the thing that took a year of my life to do is now in the ownership of those who see the film and read the book. The obvious analogy is handing over your baby at birth and it is a bit like that (although nowhere near as dramatic) but that's how it works when you create anything and what makes it palatable is that the alternative is no one being there to own it.

It should have been last week of course when Armageddon became Snowmageddon and the premiere had to be put back a week. In the museum of bad years, 2018 has been the Mona Lisa for me.

With these projects, one of the main things you need to arm yourself with is the ability to block out noise. It's not easy, from being splashed in newspapers to being tagged on Twitter in conversations akin to a collective primal scream, you can't let that shit get in your head. Added to that, Scotland is a country that looks at anyone who puts their head above the parapet in the same way the Mugabe regime used to look at people who wore glasses.

The other thing I deal with is crowd-funding part of the projects which just opens you up to accusations of being everything from Charles Ponzi to Bernie Madoff.  Again, it's white noise but some need a reminder anyway. I, personally, put a grand into this film. I also took no fee and given the cost of DVD and book production, plus the premiere and all that entails, I am in a hole right now which has one rope of recovery, people buying the book and DVD. (The moving back of the premiere has also put me in an even bigger hole financially)That's why I pay little attention to anyone who questions my methods because that noise is normally blocked out by the noise of my electricity meter bleeping.

It all sounds a bit too much hassle, right? Wrong. It's fantastic. Nothing good is ever easy. I love doing what I do and have reached the point of being very comfortable in my one writer shoe and other producer shoe. I've worked very hard to get there and always whilst being faced with a kind of sneering snobbery from folk who think the working classes should know their place. Does that inspire me? You bet it does. The people close to me in my life are almost all of a certain type, they couldn't give a fuck what anyone thinks.

What I've tried to do with this story is tell it through a fans gaze. Not just my own, but through many others fans eyes. The S*n claimed that the film was about Rangers (IL) but it's not. It's in three parts, Newco, Oppression and Invincible. I've said that more times than "two lager" in the last year but you'll never convince those who don't want to be convinced. That's one of the important life lessons in this era of social media and some folk actually believing their opinion is more valid than others.

This marks the end of a trilogy of stories from me. The last six years of my life have had more ups and downs than the lift in the Empire State Building and my life has been hindered in many ways but ultimately it's about deeds not words. I've never felt a blog, tweet or status update will change a thing and therefore I've tried make an impact with what I know, first writing and, latterly, producing.

I hope you enjoy Armageddon, I'm now off to therapy.

You can buy the Armageddon book and DVD right here

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The SFA and appointments of appeasement


As Scottish football continues to bewilder and befuddle even the most tolerant of supporters, it's actually quite astonishing that some folk still think the SFA is fit for purpose. Ok, let's take them at their word for once. Michael O'Neill was their guy, he fitted their profile of the next Scotland manager. Ok, fair dos, proven track record, knows the game, lives in Scotland. Fine. We then get the 100 day clusterfuck from Stewart Regan (normally so adept at his job) and to absolutely no one's surprise, O'Neill goes all "Ulster" and says no. So from that, how do you get to Walter Smith and Alex McLeish?

Blind panic and power unseen.

Forget any notion that this was a committee decision, This was all Rod Petrie. Rod Petrie will be the next President of the SFA but already wields all the power. More of him later.

I spoke to someone who played for Scotland yesterday morning and we were laughing about who would be the "Token Tim" in the appointment but even we didn't think Peter Grant would come that quick.  McFadden, an SFA identikit after saying our titles were tainted without any huns in the league, is the crowd pleaser who comes with virtually no experience but is cheap.

Here's the rub about Alex McLeish: He got a 1.7m EBT and has been ordered by HMRC to pay back 850 grand. There was little chance of that happening until he got this job. He can't do what a few of them have done already, go bankrupt, because it is in his SFA contract that bankruptcy=termination.

I'd say he owes Rod one or 850.

Ah, Rod, the next Celtic-hater on the horizon. Be assured, he wants to stop Celtic. When Rangers were cheating, it looked to all the world like they had the same interests as us. Liquidation put paid to that. Now Newco has more in common with the other 10 top flight clubs and will vote accordingly, against us, guaranteeing the 11-1 vote needed in Scotland for change to certain things like gate receipts for example.

All of this is about absolute power.

And we all know what absolute power does.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Armageddon Book&DVD available to pre-order



I'm well aware that someone has uploaded Anyone but Celtic to YouTube. I don't know the person or have any affiliation to them. I also have no truck with the pathetic excuse posted regarding stealing the film. With that being said, I understand the way world is and I also understand the shelf life of any independent film. There are lots of things I could do right now and, having been in touch with my lawyer on another issue last week, it would be easy to pick up the phone again but I am not going to.

What I am going to do is tell you that you can now pre-order the Armageddon book and DVD.

The link is here http://www.ls86productions.com/armageddon/

All I ask is that you consider buying.