When I started CML nearly 24 years ago there were some basic rules that we have pretty much stuck to.
The basic concept was a chat in a pub where I was the landlord.
Members could say anything about or related to cinematography as long as they had first-hand experience of what they were saying. No”I heard it on the net” or “a friend of mine said”. Just the facts man 🙂
We would be tolerant and reply to the message and not the messenger. We lost our way a little on this when I was losing my way but we got back to this many years ago.
The final rule was no religion or politics.
This is why I’m nervous.
I’m about to break the no-politics rule on the web discussions, not on the discussion lists. The rules all apply as usual there and I will be hard enforcing them. My bar managers shillelagh will be in full use.
I’m breaking the rule on CML web discussion because I’m more and more concerned at the effect that identitarian politics is having on us all.
I am not an old white male straight English cinematographer.
I am a cinematographer.
In a time when the very existence of Cinematographers is threatened by the mediocrity of democratisation and the needs of production during the CV-19 crisis, we need to stand together.
Identitarian politics wants to split us into smaller and smaller interest groups.
Divide and conquer, a lesson through the ages.
I don’t give a shit what your race, religion, colour, sex, place of origin, sexual preferences, food allergies or any other bloody dividing line people are trying to impose.
My only questions are, are you good at your job, can you work as part of a group? and if you are unbelievably good at what you do the second question may be bypassed.
Be a cinematographer, nothing else.
Bring on the hate…