We are incredibly privileged to be running a festival of this sort in London and we try and give something back to the community that supports us - not just seed funding for one film project a year but through a whole panoply of workshops, meet-ups and networking events.
What is perhaps most worrying about all this is that is coming from what is usually a fairly impartial service (many will disagree with this statement, but the disagreement will come in equal measure from both the Left and the Right, so I am content). If the relatively benign BBC genuinely believes this sort of show is acceptable, what on earth are other, more radical channels and tabloids cooking up?
I'd have written this blog sooner, but I have a learning disability. In my case this means I can't learn as fast or work as quickly as other people. My brain also tires more easily and like an old battery, can go flat.
Working class representation in our media is all too often dominated by the feckless, the workshy, the scrounging in order to represent them as the tip of the iceberg, rather than the exception to the rule. It doesn't take much to work out why the middle-class, public school dominated media continue to maintain the fallacy that people at the bottom of society don't deserve our sympathy. Yet, the BBC used to know better, it is a shame it doesn't now.
The UK employment gap between white and minority communities is worsening and will continue to widen if this issue isn't addressed.
Although the future of the BBC is likely to be the most high profile part of John Whittingdale's portfolio; technology - as a job enabler and creator - will no doubt also be a key priority. Here's my take on the top five tech issues likely to be sitting in the ministerial red box
Politics, human rights, popular culture: in all these aspects of life in the UK, we seem to be at odds with our relationship with our continental friends.
Most mornings I do almost pinch myself. I feel very fortunate to be filming a comedy on the BBC. It feels like a bit of a dream. However there's something missing - my first love. I know we can't have everything, but what I would give to be transmitted back to those hazy radio days for just a few hours.
The World Cup in Qatar had another public relations hit recently, when a press relations exercise went badly wrong - a real 'D'OH!' moment in Doha... ...
I dream of a day when victories for the LGBT Community can be achieved in our own Parliament, through democratic principles and mechanisms rather than having to constantly turn to the courts. It's a victory for justice and equality today, but the fact that we had to go to court at all leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.
Whatever your preference - anthemic Russians, operatic Italians or telegenic teens from Tel Aviv - you'll find something to whet your aural and visual tastes at Eurovision. Crack open a bottle this Saturday night (you'll need one!) and enjoy the festivities!
I beg business to do the right thing and pay decent wages, something which has been shown to increase the productivity of workers. Finally, I speak to the potential leaders of my own party. Do not drop this much needed change in an attempt to seem more centrist. I am not convinced that there would be room for me in a party that does not fight poverty wages...
None. No experience in the Health Sector? Not a problem. If recent appointments are anything to go by however, you do have to be white, male, Unionist, and Protestant. Our track record of Health Ministers has been nothing short of abysmal, particularly in relation to abortion and on LGBT rights. With our new appointee, DUP MLA Simon Hamilton, it looks like we're hurtling merrily down exactly the same path as we always have.
I believe that this election has, in many ways, become a case of politicians scrambling for approval with YouTube videos and stunts. At the beginning of the election coverage, I was excited. I'm a Politics student - and unhappy with the Conservative government - so I was hoping for interesting debate, strong campaigning, and maybe a little bit of grumbling.
We know that the Conservatives would make further cuts to the justice system were they given a second term. Labour and the Lib Dems have made no pledges on the topic. The Greens remain the only party to have explicitly mentioned reversing these cuts. With all this in mind, how important do you consider justice in this election?
vWhat I'm trying to say is that some of the toughest times I can remember don't necessarily come hand-in-hand with negative memories. I also recall the amazing nurses that cared for me when I was in pot from toe to crotch, and getting excited about how much space there was to sign both my legs with permanent marker pen! The NHS were successful in making a big medical journey as fun and friendly as they possibly could, and I will always be grateful for that.