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This article is about the lead up to the campaign #Giveabanca. To find out more, please watch the video and go to www.facebook.com/vsobahaginan. To donate go to Give A Banca I’ve been a bit quiet since typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has struck. Quiet, probably from a social media perspective, where you think being out here in the Philippines, I could be reporting additional information not covered by the media outlets. To be honest, I am based in Luzon an area not affected at all, compared to the devastation caused in Eastern Visayas, or Northern Cebu; so I don’t really have much to say that could add any real value… until now. I have never experienced a typhoon before as living and growing up in London that never really happened, apart from the odd great storm (thank you Michael Fish). So when the typhoon was closely approaching, it was coinciding with my trip to Sagada in Northern Luzon to visit my family (from my mums side) from November 8. I have been looking forward to this trip for so long now, so I was eager to get out of Manila and up in the mountains. As reports of the typhoon coming in, of it being a really bad one, I wasn’t necessarily concerned about the typhoon itself, but more so if it would affect my trip, leaving me stuck away from not seeing my family during my week off work. People in…

Goodbye 2012 and Hello 2013

This sounds like we're bitter about the previous year... in fact that couldn't be further from the truth. It's been a pretty busy year for Hentucky, as we try to take our feature film to the next level. As part of the film makers journey though sometimes it's not as simple as having the drive and need to make a film, you have to go through some life lessons before you'd want to make that commitment. Patience is one of the key things you need to know when being a film maker. Similar, enjoying the journey is another important note to make. The obsession and the narrow mindedness can leave you just wanting the goal without learning the lessons along the way. But anyway, let's have a recap on what's gone down over the last 12 months... (roll imaginary VT). January - Underwear, the final part to the identity trilogy was shot and put in the can.   March - Chivaree Performance Shot and Released (Screened at Kino 38 in London)

Hentucky supports Save the UK Film Council

Are these Facebook groups of any influence at all? Does having 30,000 members autonomously pressing "like" make any difference? One would hope so, but it's not the only way to show that you give a shit. Knee jerk reactions to problems without any thought of the long term effect is a classic response to the problem. I fully understand about tough decisions have to be made, but the problem with Central Government directives, there's always the air of feeling 'anxious' which provokes the most reckless of cuts. The fact there has been such response to this cut from the media, film makers and the general public has been reassuring to see. The UK Film industry has slowly been gaining ground on telling stories in the uniquely British way, without it looking like a TV movie of the now defunct Bill (in HD). Therefore Hentuckys existence is paramount now. Low budgets and high quality. Not exactly two things that go hand in hand. But, if that's the precedent that Central Government are going to set, then that's what has to be delivered. What is quality? Using good talent, skill to produce the best film you can do, with whatever equipment, sets and anything else you can afford/steal/borrow. It's a simple philosophy, but one that's overlooked regularly. And that's what we're all about... delivering passion projects. And if you're passionate then you will work your socks off to make sure every part…