Qatar = 1 Jordan = 0


Everyone is despondent. Simon and Chris got back from a meeting with Talal. Chris has had an email from Ahmed. Issam has spoken to Ahmed. All the ATP bullshit has finally gotten to Ahmed and he has gone on the warpath. He is now insisting the whole shoot move to Qatar. Three months of prep for …

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To Doha Or Not To Doha?


I was ill yesterday so didn't go into work. Not that anything would be happening. Today was supposed to be crunch day. After listening to Ibrahim promise repeatedly last week that timber, steel, tools and consumables would be delivered last Thursday, then Saturday, then Sunday, today nothing had arrived. So I went to see Ibrahim …

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Email To Ibrahim re UK CM


I sent the following email to Ibrahim this morning:- I have no problem with how ATG makes shoots if what we are making is a low-budget Bedouin drama. But we are not. This is supposed to be Jordan's and Qatar's - in fact, the Middle East's - biggest ever production and yet Talal insists on …

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Meeting Given Go-Ahead. But No Go-Ahead For The $7,000 Set!


At the last minute, the meeting with Talal to discuss construction of the Fortress gates/wall was given the go-ahead. A meeting took place at 5pm in Talal's boardroom. The model was conveyed to his office and since I cannot show a photo of the finished model, this blurred image will have to suffice. All I can say is, …

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Another Constructive Meeting Cancelled


We were meant to meet Talal today to discuss the fortress gates set - the one set that has so far survived ATG's castration of Chris's and Simon's and Ahmed's vision - so guess what happened? Talal postponed the meeting until tomorrow. That might not seem so bad if it were not got one thing: Talal …

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