By Mark Hawking
In light of the PCC ordering the Times Newspaper to remove Brian Deer's latest material from its website (HERE), I thought it would be a good time to write about the film “Selective Hearing, Brian Deer and the GMC” and my involvement in its making.... The video is below, if it doesn't download, you can click HERE.
The film has been igored by the UK press despite a copy being sent to every major news editor.
To set the scene we need to go back two years to the opening day of the GMC. I was there with my wife Lara and members of the UK Treating Autism Charity, supporting the doctors and also (in my mind at the time the more important task) talking to the press about how recovery is possible.
We had our first encounter with Brain on his return from lunch with the MP Dr Evan Harris. Brian had trouble with the front door at the GMC, he pushed the wrong door and rather comically bumped his whole body into it. There was a large cheer from the crowd as Brian skulked inside a bit red faced.
My mother had a saying, when as a naughty child I would trip or fall whilst up to no good "THE DEVIL DID THAT" she would say. This lit up in my head like a neon sign.
A year passed, and the time came for Andy to answer the prosecution. I had been busy on eBay buying a second hand camcorder (a model with 3CCDs and an external mike input and a Rode mike.) This was the best I could afford that looked amateurish but gave broadcast quality pictures.
The night before Lara and I set about making some placards starting with "1 in 100: Why?" and "HONK" (to be held up to passing traffic.)
As it got late and the red wine started to "inspire" the more cerebral offering of "Carrey funnier that Baron Cohen. FACT!" And a rather fetching marionette with a Brian head pasted on, captioned with "who's pullin your strings, Brian ?"
On the day there were several hundred of us outside speaking to the press and protesting cheerfully. Brian took lunch but on his return we were waiting !!!
The resulting footage was donated to Cryshame. The independent film maker Alan Golding has used it along with interviews with Carmel Wakefield and parents of the lancet children to make a superb film which exposes Brain Deer and the bogus case against the three doctors.
Please set aside an hour to watch it and encourage others to watch it too. If you are a TV channel and would like to broadcast it please contact us through the editors of Age of Autism at [email protected].
Please visit www.cryshame.com to see the full uncut "Deercam" footage.
Mark Hawkings lives in Kent in the UK, is Edwards dad and is married to the warrior mom Lara. He amuses himself by saying “I wonder if Jim Carrey has seen my film?”