Over at Suzy Gillett’s yesterday and another guest was Simon Louvish. Turns out the following topics were discussed and in all of them we shared a mutual interest…………..Mongolia, Baron Ungbert, armoured trains of the Russian civil war, the Czech legion and Jaroslav Hasek………remarkable……just like Suzy’s mum’s greeting to me…….’who the fuck are you fucking off at the momment Ian Bone’……..wonderful……here’s a film project simon is working on………..
THE MAN WHO BROKE STALIN’S PIPE.
A feature film on Mongolia, quest and history.
The Finnish Film Foundation has made a grant to myself and film director Heikki Arekallio, an ex-student at the London Film School and long term producer-director for Swiss television at Geneva, for a script of the above title. This has now been taken on by the Helsinki company First Floor Productions to proceed towards production as soon as funds can be gathered. This is the tale of a quest by two young people from Helsinki for the roots of an old family tale, travelling to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia by the Trans-Siberian railway. It is a strange weave of west and east, based on the true event of an incident in the 1930’s, in which the then Mongolian leader, Genden, had an argument with Stalin at the kremlin in Moscow, in which he punched the Soviet leader in the face and broke his pipe. The echoes of the Soviet purges of Mongolia, and the massacre of the country’s Buddhist lamas, are still felt in this old-new nation, where modernity, memory and dreams collide…