Hunger, which has just been nominated in various categories of the British Independent Film Awards, attracted £120,000 funding from the Wales Creative IP Fund.
Producers had to use the Assembly money in Wales and company Dragon DI, of Pencoed near Bridgend, were contracted to work on the colouring and look of the film in post production studios.
Hunger, put on general release yesterday. is directed by Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen and brings to life a slice of Northern Ireland's troubles by focusing on Bobby Sands' bid to starve himself to death 27 years ago.
But the fact taxpayers’ money was used to help put the film together has been criticised.
Tory MP David Davies said Welsh Assembly Government financing of the film was “disgraceful” and totally unnecessary.
“First of all I think it’s wrong this company was given money for this film when it's needed elsewhere much more,” he said.
“Why not give it to companies involved in providing transport, or to companies making washing machines?
“Giving taxpayers’ money to a company which helps to make films is not a good enough reason in my view – how does this entitle them to get a six-figure sum?
“I used to run a small transport business in Newport – I wasn’t given any money. We had to go out there and earn the money.
“It’s a disgrace a film which is sympathetic to an IRA terrorist is given Welsh Assembly backing.
“Anyone who served in the armed forces will be disgusted.
“I don’t give a damn how many awards it’s won or has been listed for – it’s just another piece of IRA propaganda.”
The Royal British Legion said they would not comment on the issue, beyond stating the organisation backed freedom of expression and would not condemn creative works.
Finance Wales manages the budget for projects on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government.
Since the Wales Creative IP Fund was launched in May 2005, it has invested more than £7m in 11 films, seven television productions and a new media project, including £120,000 in Hunger.
The film has won the prestigious Camera D’Or prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and the Diesel Discovery Award at the 34th Toronto Film Festival.
A spokesman for the Wales Creative IP Fund said: “We can confirm that the IP Fund has invested £120,000 in Hunger.“To date we have not received any complaints about this investment.
“The IP Fund, which is managed by Finance Wales on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government, provides commercial investment in Wales’ creative industries.
“The Fund aims to achieve a return on its investments and increase production activity in Wales.“All investments are made on a commercial basis and producers must secure a minimum of 60 per cent of their budget from other investors and also demonstrate that a proportion of the production’s budget, equal or greater than the fund’s investment will be spent in Wales.
“The producers of Hunger have used a Welsh company for post production of the film.”
"Mr. Sands was a convicted criminal. He chose to take his own life. It was a choice that his organisation did not allow to many of its victims"
What has a plank of wood and a Bobby Sands got in common? They both are thin and cannot move.
What does a Mcdonald's Sands special consist of? Nothing!
Why did the Bobby Sands cross the road? To burn off more calories!
Oh and sorry missed the bit about his advanced age and coffin dodging. Well our doddery old MP on his webshyte has been talking about the chartists.
I so lonely....
Is there a cockroach living inside Mr Flynn?...
Mr Flynn has a wet dream(below)....
His promo poster....
Mockery of a gobshyte piss poor MP.
House prices are plunging at the fastest rate since records began in 1952, a shocking report into the crumbling property market revealed today.
In just 12 months, the price of the average home has collapsed by around £27,000, a record drop of 14.6 per cent since last October.
The report, from the Nationwide, the building society, said it is the biggest, quickest and most dramatic fall that it has ever witnessed.
In a further blow to homeowners, economists warn Britain may be less than halfway through the biggest price plunge in history.Gordon Brown a man who makes me so angry I could punch his light
Some woman gets the sack and Brand has resigned, still a cunt but slightly less of one for doing so. Personally Andrew Sachs has handled the whole thing in a very dignified way, which has made this pair and the Beeboids in BBC management defending them look even bigger cunts than they otherwise would have had Mr Sachs kicked off and demanded testicles on the chopping block.
Russel Brand/Jonathan Ross - A pair of wankers (post 3) - James Gordon "cyclops" Brown has his eye on them...
"My undivided attention is on taking this country through the difficult times as a result of a global problem that started in America."
"The prime minister, Gordon Brown, has become involved in the row over the Andrew Sachs prank calls, condemning Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross's broadcast on Radio 2 as "clearly inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour"."
A little tune on the license tax.
A parody with more than a grain of truth in it:
The Song of the Pioneers
Claimed that Britain would be better off if the Royal Family met the same fate as Tsar Nicholas II of Russia;
Described the Royals as a "parasitical bunch of braying half wits";
Claimed that Princess Anne looked like a "bulldog chewing a wasp";
• Lampooned Prince Harry and Prince William as "the Chuckle Brothers".
The veteran left-winger penned an article titled 'The Queen was in her Counting House Counting out her Money', which states: "I know it sounds churlish, with them being such nice folk and role models, but how many hospitals, schools, etc could we build if we did what the Bolsheviks did all those years ago?"
He then ridicules each member of the Royal Family in turn: "There's Madge (the Queen], the glove puppet, Big Phil (the Duke of Edinburgh], expert at shaking hands and insulting minorities, Charles, Andrew and Edward, the brains trust, and Anne, who looks and acts like a bulldog chewing a wasp.
"They are followed of course by the Chuckle Brothers 'Winco Willie and Hooray Henry', both of whom need to use both hands to find their own arses."
In response to criticism from a visitor to the site Kelly makes the bizarre statement: "If Prince Charles were to dump Camilla and marry a Muslim he would not succeed. In these circumstances the Queen should abdicate, not to do so would be to support racism.
"In fact she is supporting racism just now by not demanding change so, I'm afraid that your beloved monarch is a sectarian racist."
A Labour insider said it was very likely that Kelly would face the prospect of disciplinary action. He said: "Given the circumstances we will be looking to see what action can be taken."
Kelly insisted that his remarks were not meant to be taken seriously, stating: "I was joking. I am opposed to capital punishment violence. But I do want rid of the monarchy. It is an anachronism and an embarrassment."
A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
The sheer volume of complaints puts the BBC in a difficult position regarding the future of two of it's most popular presenters.
The corporation said many of those complaining focused on the pair's taxpayer-funded salaries. Ross is paid £6million a year for radio and television work, while Brand receives more than £200,000.
Yep we pay for these people to throw abuse at a classic star down the phone. The Mail also go's on to state that Ofcom may charge the BBC upto £250K. Thats £250K that we as license fee payers will end up paying, the fine should be against the pair of these wankers not the BBC.
However the BBC should do a round of sackings, starting with Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand who are both a pair of useless cunts.
The mail story is here
**Hat tip to reverse for the pic.
**Update, I just Googled a search on Jonathan Ross is a cunt and I am No.3...
Look Trevor, its fucking simple. In fact so simple that even a cunt like you will understand it. Positive discrimination in any form is a crock of steaming shit. Reserve a job for Mr/Mrs Migrant and you piss off the locals, reserve a job for a (and I quote your own words here) white worker and you piss off the migrants as well as black workers.
Same go's for reserving jobs for anyone.
Lastly Harriet Harman is a pc loon who is so mentally fucked up that she would lose an arse kicking contest to Heather Mills (without her false leg)
‘I like him [Gordon Brown]. If I could say where I’m going to vote, I’d vote for them. But I can’t say where I’m voting because I’m forbidden by my BBC contract.’ - Jonathan "cuntbubble" Ross.
That this House commends the achievements of Fidel Castro in securing first-class free healthcare and education provision for the people of Cuba despite the 44 year illegal US embargo of the Cuban economy; notes the great strides Cuba has taken during this period in many fields such as biotechnology and sport in both of which Cuba is a world leader; acknowledges the esteem in which Castro is held by the people and leaders of Africa, Asia and Latin America for leading the calls for emancipation of the world's poorest people from slavery, hunger and the denial of human rights such as the right to life, the right to shelter, the right to healthcare and basic medicines and the right to education; welcomes the EU statement that constructive engagement with Cuba at this time is the most responsible course of action; and calls upon the Government to respect Cuba's right to self-determination and resist the aggressive forces within the US Administration who are openly planning their own illegal transition in Cuba.
Nearly 90 worthless turds that shame the title of MP signed the above motion.He has collapsed in the House of Commons so just a matter of time before the coffin calls.....
He was sued by Endowment Justice and had to issue an apology, I have the link but Mr Flynn has removed the page. Much in the same way Stalin removed people from Soviet history: from the mp's own site his apology, rather a page can not be found message.
He has made a few light remarks about McCains age(he was born 29 August 1936) and in his usual way made out that McCain is some sort of senile duffer at deaths door and in some way not quite with it, yet not mentioned his own health scares or the fact that he is in fact being older being born on 9th Feb. 1935.
Today he mentions that in recent days he has "been to the funerals of three dear friends", well at his advanced age that happens, people drop off at what appears to be an ever increasing rate.
Were I cruel I could say "Newport is one heartbeat away from a possible by-election..."
A Micky Mouse PM that no one voted for.
Enjoy the privilages whilst claiming to be socialists...
Three doctors are bragging about their country's medical achievements. The Israeli doctor starts by saying "medicine in my country is so advanced we can take a kidney out of one person, put it in another, and have him up and looking for work in six weeks".Gordon Brown a man who makes me so angry I could punch his light
The German doctor says "that's nothing, in Germany, we can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him looking for work in four weeks".
Not to be out done the English doctor says, "we can take an arsehole out of Scotland, put him in 10 Downing Street, and have half the fucking country looking for work within 24 hours".
A state catch all.
A NAKED would-be opera singer was among the bizarre list of people handed Asbos in Scotland last year. Other unusual orders:
• A man from Wales was banned from hospitals except in real emergencies after he faked drug overdoses to stay in hospital.
• A mother-of-two from Lincolnshire was banned from singing as her voice was so bad.
• A man from Rugby was banned from borrowing money from a friend.
• A Clackmannanshire man was banned from shouting at his television.
• An 18-year-old from Swindon was banned from playing football in the street.
• A Somerset man was banned from having a rooster.
• A country and western fan from Leeds who plagued neighbours by playing Dolly Parton songs around the clock was banned from playing music in her home.
He has produced artwork that mocks the leader of that nation who has a rather ego boosting habit of putting up statues to his vanity.
Sadly for Babi he did this before making sure that he was going to be allowed to stay here in the UK, still I am sure that the MNS the Azerbaijan version of the former KGB will no doubt sit down and have a cup of tea with him and a good laugh at his mocking the leader President Ilham Aliyev.
The French can lie, sorry rework history.
Exactly 593 years after King Henry V's legendary victory, a revisionist conference will be held at the scene of the triumph.
Academics will suggest that the extent of the feat of arms was massively exaggerated, with claims that the English were hugely outnumbered a lie.
More controversially still, they will say that the foreign invaders used numerous underhand tactics against an honourable enemy.
Well this was the middle ages. Quite often troops were slaughtered on the losing side.
Henry ordered the slaughter of what was perhaps several thousand French prisoners, with only the most illustrious being spared. His fear was that they would rearm themselves with the weapons strewn upon the field, and the exhausted English (who had been fighting for about three hours) would be overwhelmed. This was certainly ruthless, but arguably justifiable given the situation of the battle; perhaps surprisingly, even the French chroniclers do not criticise him for this(although they do now....)
These included burning prisoners to death and setting 40 bloodthirsty royal bodyguards on to a single Gallic nobleman who had surrendered.
'There's been a distortion of the facts and this conference will attempt to set the record straight,' said Christophe Gilliot, a distinguished French historian who is director of the Medieval History Museum in Agincourt, where the conference will take place.
'We have historians arriving from all over France, and all will produce hard facts concerning the battle, rather than rumours and speculation.
Thats nice. Maybe they will claim that this loss was in fact a French victory.
'At the very least the English forces acted dishonourably. The middle ages were a very violent time, of course, but some might accuse the English of acting like what might now be called war criminals.'
It was on Friday October 25 1415 - St Crispin's Day - that a force led by Henry V engaged the French at Agincourt, a small village not far from Calais in northern France.
The English army, made up mainly of archers using longbows, massacred a vast force of noblemen in the most famous battle of the Hundred Years' War.
Poor planning on the part of the French.
Immortalised by William Shakespeare in his play Henry V, Agincourt has since become a byword for English heroism in the face of apparently insurmountable odds.
In fact, detailed bureaucratic records of French king Charles VI's army reveal that they were made up of 9000 travelling soldiers, perhaps with another 3000 locals from the Picardy region where the battle took place.
This compares to the total force of 12000 who travelled to France with Henry, although some 3000 were lost during the preceding siege of Harfleur, and through dysentery.
English chroniclers writing in the years following the battle have wrongly claimed that there were as many as 150,000 French, compared to 6000 odd English.
Mr Gilliot said notably horrific acts perpetuated by the English included placing prisoners in a barn and setting in on fire, with the permission of Henry V.
Boo hoo. Maybe they will revise the facts on how lots of Frenchmen fled the field that day as well:
English and French accounts agreeing that a significant proportion of the French army fled after seeing so many French nobles killed and captured in the fighting.
When the Duke of Alençon, who commanded the second division of the French army, had failed to put an axe through Henry, he tried to surrender but was killed by the King's 40-strong bodyguard.
Mr Gilliot said: 'There were numerous heroic acts by the French on the field of battle, but they were met with barbarism by the English.' While, significantly, no English academics have been invited to today's conference in France, the revisionist theories have found support on the other side of the Channel.
Still it is nice to see that spinning of facts is not just in the hands of one James Gordon Brown.
I shall just finish with the French leader Sarkozy words, yes him of the nails of chalkboard voiced wife - seriously don't even look her music up as it sucks and blows at the same time - who said Casse-toi alors, pauvre con
A major Government-backed review is expected to recommend reducing the amount of time spent on individual subjects in favour of a skills-based curriculum.Under the move, schools would be encouraged to merge subjects together. It will give schools more time to explore themes such as healthy lifestyles, multiculturalism and personal development.
Pupils will also be required to receive lessons on sex and relationships education following a Government decision this week to make the subject compulsory in all schools.
Under a further move, schools will be forced to teach foreign languages - another statutory requirement from 2010.
Sir Jim Rose, former director of inspections at Ofsted, was appointed by ministers to lead the overhaul of primary schools following an admission that existing timetables were outdated.
His interim report will be delivered to Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, next week.
Mr Balls tasked him to investigate whether "pupils' interests might be better served by studying fewer subjects during primary education".
In a letter, he told Sir Jim to "take out some of the clutter, reduce the number of set subjects".
Ministers have already introduced a new curriculum in secondary schools, giving teachers more flexibility.
But the latest review has already been criticised because it does not cover Sats tests taken by 11-year-olds at the end of the primary years.
Critics claim they skew the curriculum as schools are forced to drop lessons to make way for exam practice.
Addressing the Commons schools select committee, Sir Jim said testing was the "elephant in the room" when he visited primary schools.
"It would be terribly disingenuous to say there's no problem here because of course it is an issue," he said.
Any attempt to cut time devoted to traditional subjects will also be strongly opposed by the Conservatives.
Nick Gibb, the shadow schools minister, said: "Whenever theme or project based learning has been tried in the past it has resulted in lower standards of achievement.
We need schools to focus on tried and tested methods that have been proven to work, not old fashioned approaches that have consistently failed."
Sir Jim's review will recommend that literacy and numeracy remains a focus across the curriculum.
It is likely to demand more flexible start dates for summer-born children entering primary school amid fears they quickly fall behind pupils with autumn birthdays. At the moment, pupils are often put into the same year group despite being born up to 12 months apart.
A survey of 1,500 teachers, parents and education officials - used to feed into the report - said primary schools should be less reliant on subjects and more on the lifestyle and "personal development" of pupils.
"Almost all respondents strongly believed that a curriculum framework driven by key concepts and processes - including personal, learning and thinking skills - should replace a curriculum dominated by content," said the report.Well I don't care if they asked 15,000 teachers. Our education system needs to drill in facts, ficgures and not fluff and nonsense.
Ed Balls the social engineer of Gordon Brown.
Shoppers buying alcohol at the supermarket face a 'walk of shame' to a dedicated checkout counter. The plan is being drawn up by ministers to curb Britain's growing binge-drinking culture.
Right so they target everyone? Quite how does that help? Fuckers are making policy up on the fucking hoof.
Stores would have to create the 'alcohol-only' areas manned by specially-trained staff.
Labour's new policy on alcohol: express checkout for drinkers. Now that's more like it. Except that is not the intention...
This would hopefully deter shoppers from making excessive purchases by putting them under the scrutiny of fellow customers.
Why not go the whole hog and make them wear bottle
Leading stores have been attacked for selling lager at a cheaper price than bottled water.
And don't the newspapers love that little factoid? Look, a tub of lard is cheaper than a pound of potatoes. A kitchen knife is cheaper than a packet of cigarettes. Who gives a shit? They're completely different products. It is not an either/or choice.
The only scandal about the relative prices of low quality lager and bottled water is that there are enough fashion victims and hypochondriacs prepared to spend two pounds on a bottle of something that comes out of a tap for less than a penny. If the supermarkets want to fleece these dickheads then good luck to them.
A senior Government source told the Daily Mail that ministers were convinced the easy availability of cut-price alcohol is causing young people, in particular, to drink to excess. 'Having separate areas to sell alcohol will help us tackle this growing problem of young people getting tanked up on cheap supermarket beers and lagers,' said the source.
How? Fucking HOW? Oh Christ, I grow so weary of you cunts. I am so fucking tired of listening to your stupid crap. You have all the laws you need to tackle underage drinking and plenty more besides. You do not need "specially-trained staff" to ask customers to show ID, a fucking chimp could do it.
You do not need special lanes, more taxes, more powers or any of the other fascist policies that you insufferable bastards keep bringing in as you pile law upon law. If, as we are told, there are pissed up teenagers causing mayhem all over the place then get your army of coppers to get out there to round the little twats up, confiscate their cider or whatever the fuck it is they drink these days, caution them, take them home and give their parents a bollocking.
And if some Chief Constable complains about having to do his job for a change then sack the fucker and make an example of him.
Effectively, it would bring alcohol sales into line with tobacco sales in supermarkets.
So the campaign against smoking was just a rehearsal for a crusade against other sections of society? Who would have predicted that?
The draft code of practice drawn up by the Home Office and the Department of Health also proposes cigarette-style health warnings about the dangers of alcohol for display in shops, bars and restaurants.
Are we getting the hang of this yet, nonsmokers? It doesn't matter whether you're a drinker, a motorist, a gambler, a sunbed user, a frequent flyer or a bit of a porker, sooner or later everything you approve of in the war against smokers will be used against you.
The move would bring Britain into line with countries such as Sweden, Norway and Finland, which have varying restrictions on alcohol sales and in some areas, only allow it to be sold at state-owned outlets.
Or to put it another way, it will bring us out of line with every country in Europe with the exception of three grim socialist hell-holes in Scandinavia where there is fuck all else to do except drink heavily, watch animal pornography and commit suicide.
Families doing a weekly shop would have to queue twice, once to purchase their groceries and again to purchase wine, beer and spirits.
Fuck you. Who do you think you are? What right do you have to waste a single second of my time with your nonsense?
Retailers are likely to be infuriated by the suggestion of dedicated check-out areas. They will argue that it would cost tens of thousands of pounds in store refits and staff training, and would also inconvenience customers.
But who cares, eh? They're only evil capitalists, they can take it. Their profits just fall out of the sky, don't they? It's not like these costs will be passed onto their customers.
And the effect of these costs on the supermarkets will be nothing compared to the effect on smaller, independent stores when - as is inevitable - the law is rolled out to include all shops. At which point the supermarkets will suddenly get behind the government and watch their local competition go bust.
Of course those champions of the free market in the Tory party are no better:
Earlier this month, Conservative MP Nigel Evans tabled an early day motion demanding that the government look at supermarkets' alcohol pricing policy after the disclosure that Asda had been selling four-packs of Skol for 90p, nearly half the price of a four-pack of Evian.
Sod the lot of them. If anybody should be doing the walk of shame it's this gaggle of cunts. The Tories can get in line to kiss my rosy red arse alongside Labour, LibDems, quack doctors, so-called health campaigners, Alcohol fucking Concern, lazy coppers and every other authoritarian wanker who wants to waste my time and fuck with my life.
He is a twat, worst man for the job. Gordon Brown a man who makes me so angry I could punch his light