Film School ATG


Today is feeling like one of those days when it's impossible to turn a blind eye to just how 'film school' ATG is. When we got to Doha, we were each issued with a SIM card with just 20 minutes of local credit! Mine ran out after three calls. When I asked the production manager, …

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Arrested Development


It's been a month since I made an entry in this blog. The truth is that it is exhausting enough having to deal with this company never mind having to have to write about it afterwards. Currently we are in Doha, Qatar. We arrived on Saturday and already the rot has begun to set in. Yesterday, I …

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Madness Is A Place Called ATG


Each Friday I would like to summarise the week's macabre events (there are no other kind of weeks here) in a few posts but often it feels like too many things have happened. Last week was no exception. Bizarre - and sometimes sickening - events included; Confirmation we were relocating to Qatar after Talal was caught by …

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15 1515 = Is ISIS


Yesterday, I heard that Talal's new Range Rover has the registration number 15 1515. It does not take much to realise that this spells out the words, "Is ISIS". Footnote added June 23rd: It's true. I didn't take pictures because it was parked directly outside his office and there's security cameras everywhere (one employee even …

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The Contract


You know when ATG is up to something because they pay you on time. This week, my wages arrived on Wednesday and my per diems arrived on Thursday which, while a day late, occurred without their having to be reminded (my accounting software tells me they are an average of 12 days late when my Deal Memo …

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