An extraordinary 2012 took Spirit Level as far afield as Bologna, Dublin, Jenin, Jordan, Jerusalem (Jericho would've made it a full suite of J's!) Los Angeles and Ramallah. Almost as bizarre a mix as what seems to be the orbits of politics, art and petrolhead films that we seem to have settled into alongside the insanity/adventures they bring.
Not that we're complaining - if it wasn't an emergency room at the border with the occupied territories (compliments of King Hussein - many thx to HRH) there was our first unceremonious ejection of an audience member at a London screening of The Price of Kings, female ninja bodyguards... and... well.... you get the picture. Basically it's been an exhilarating year and we wouldn't have it any other way. So a very big thanks to all of you who've been along for the ride, 2013 promises more of the same...
We've the re-mastered for HD Claude Lelouch classic, "C'etait un Rendezvous" coming out and we're sitting on (for the time-being) some rather exciting news on that front... we'll keep you posted.
The official release of our new series "The Price of Kings" is imminent with the 3rd film on President Arias of Costa Rica signed off - here's a sneak preview of the trailer.
Talking of sneak previews, here's a taster of our newly developed sneak preview section. We've been working on this for some time and though further development's due, it feels like it's about time we got to share it with you. Don't be shy to let us know your thoughts.
It also feels like we've grown comfy enough with the petrolheads/art/politics thing to start bringing the various blogs and social medial under one roof. We've no idea how that kind of diversity will feel in one blog but over the next few months you can expect posts on all our pursuits attempting to sit side by side. If they end up fighting with each other at least you'll get a decent taste of what it's like in our offices.
There's also been much gnashing of teeth over our exclusive content. Over the years we've been lucky enough to gain the most extraordinary access and inevitably what you see on the screen is only a fraction of what we get on tape and ongoing conversations with contributors to our films. We've always felt that making films is like going back to school, it's what get's us up every day and kills us not to be able to share. This year we'll be bringing you as much of that as we can, kicking off with the man who negotiated the release of Hamas prisoner Gilad Shalit. His insights on leadership and what it's going to take to solve the middle-east/Israeli-Palestinian conflict cut through to the heart of some of the most important themes in the first three films of "The Price of Kings".
In the meantime, here's wishing you all a very healthy and happy 2013 from all of us at Spirit Level Film