Monday, June 06, 2011

A little gallows humour, the intro

I have been focusing on some of the really sad and difficult issues related to the continuing problems at the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima. I have been struggling with my feelings and trying to find a balance between filmmaker and activist (I am a filmmaker) and my public vs. private life.

Going through the footage (so much of which is frustrating/ sad/ unbelievable) I have found a few really funny moments... no doubt I will be leaving myself open for criticism about how inappropriate it is to laugh at a time like this. I will soon be posting a series of 'funny moments' that won't be making it into the film, but nonetheless will provide some needed respite from all the evils of the world.

We can still smile.


Anonymous said...

I think that is one of the gifts to humanity, our ability to laugh and celebrate life in dark times. I just 'found' your you tube vids a few days ago and very much appreciate them. I know "thanks" coming from me doesn't mean much, but I'm glad there are people like you who have big hearts and the will to use them.

Joe said...

I think that when we try and make something so serious, and remove all laughter, we are doing ourselves a disservice. In times like these it's almost needed to laugh at some things, otherwise we just see all the bad things and end up in a downward spiral that leads to depression and angst.

I look forward to the funny stuff.

Ian Thomas Ash said...

Thanks, Joe! I have just finished editing the first "gallows humour". According to Wikipedia(!), this type of humour "still manages to be funny in the face of, and in response to, a perfectly hopeless situation."

Yep, this would sum it up.

The tsunami has taken away so much. But it hasn't taken away our ability to laugh.