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A young actor playing with a dog and a dog statue

Reece Donn, with Bronte the Dog & The dog Statue he sends to the Queen, along with camera op Bim Ajadi

The Dog & The Palace, Phase 2

Hooray!

Let me say that again.

Hooray!!

The Dog & The Palace, my split screen film installation inspired by a dream I had way back in 2009 (complete with original alternate ending) has received a second lot of arts council funding so it can be completed. This means that come January, it’ll be full on finding locations, finding a Queen look a like, and finding a handful of Paralympic / Olympic athletes who’ll agree to take part in the film. And maybe a small crowd too.

It’s scary to think how much it’s actually going to cost, but I really want to make this happen, and when I dreamed of what London would be, feel and sound like immediately after the 2012 Games, putting that on film before it happens, where a number of people will be able to see the finished film before the Olympics even happen (from April onwards) is something that I just can’t miss out on.

Films like 'The King’s Speech', 'Young Victoria' and of course 'The Queen' come to mind. In fact, when I had the dream, a scene very similar to one in 'The Queen' appeared in it.

Those scenes & the ending have been changed, and in the process the film has become much more ambitious, and this now seems a very real possibility.

So with the funding in place, and everyone on board for the phase 2 of The Dog & The Palace, 2012 should be an even more amazing year.

Posted by Gary Thomas, 24 November 2011

Last modified by Gary Thomas, 24 November 2011