UK Health Minister Cites Film “Contagion” As Inspiration To Corona Pandemic Response

whoUK Health Minister of Parliament, Matt Hancock appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain citing the film Contagion as one of his inspirations for his response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

For some strange reason, he appears to find this funny. Watch the video to see for yourself. Why am I posting about it here on a blog about creativity?

Well, this exchange made me think along these lines: Contagion = film. Film = creative industry. Government looks to the said creative industry to solve its problems, right?

It sure seems like it doesn’t it. But what support has the Government given to those in the creative industries? Who are unable to work and not allowed to claim from the state? Most of my creative friends ,who through no fault of their own, find themselves in this situation, they have had to take on other “gig economy” jobs or tried to find a way to move online in order to key a roof over their head and in other cases feed their family.

Susanna Reid doesn’t look impressed as MP laughs off his methods. ©ITV /GMB / Youtube.

Does that mean they have to wait for the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak to have a “Netflix ‘n’ Chill” session with his mate “Matt” to watch Contagion to find a solution? Or maybe he might want to watch Outbreak at Jiggy & Lolli’s #CovidCinema.

Do you think Mr Hancock believes he’s a Television presenter or a comedian? Who knows.

As much as I go by the mantra “If you don’t laugh you will cry”, I think some of these Government ministers need to take things a bit more seriously.

Where would you get your inspiration from? What do you think?

Let us know what films you use to get you through serious moments.

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The New Normal: Post BREXIT Working in the EU

In the UK, the term “The New Normal” is usually connected with living in Coronavirus times, however there is another invisible life changer coming towards us in the creative industry. Yep it’s the B word. BREXIT!

If like me you work, tour or do projects with our friends in the Europe Union there is a whole list of new things to consider.

Thankfully Howard Goodall has created this BREXIT busting twitter thread to break it down for us! Yay!!!

Take a look and let us know what you think. Giving what looks like minimum support from the UK government for the art here at home, what additional impact do you think this will have on us in the arts?

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GDP(er)R ?

What GDPR Means for Creative Industries

In the UK, many of us have heard of the Data  Protection Act 1998, but have you heard of GDRP? Nope?… Neither had I until 2 weeks ago!!

So What Is GDPR? 

Well I’m no expert but, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an important piece of EU legislation which comes into force on the 25th May2018 and will effect us a consumers and business owners. It will override the current UK Data Protection Act 1998 and will still apply regardless of Brexit, as it regards the data of Eurporean Union individuals regardless of where they live in the world.

A UK Data Protection bill has also been put forward which going forward will become the new Data Protection Act. This will in theory fill in any blanks or clarify anything which has been left open by the GDPR.

How will this Effect Creative Businesses?

As long as you hold data personal data on clients, this will effect your business, So it’s important that you prepare for this change to avoid any on the heavy penalties which you may incur if you fail to look after the data, and ultimately comply with the regulations.

This is essentially a heads up for those of us who are just hearing about this.

Do you feel you are prepared or were you even aware of this change? Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.


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