JAMES'S CANNABIS PHOTO DIARY
Producer Andrew Parkin on the left at the wheel , Assistant Producer Andy Mosse on the Right. On the hunt for medicinal cannabis in San Francisco.
STAYING ON TOP OF IT
In San Francisco and my cameraman/assistant producer Andy throws a hissy fit, he climbed on top of the car and refused to move until we agreed to take him to the Golden Gate bridge...
After some tense moments we agreed that if he mounts a camera on top of the car to get some hip "BBC3" type footage we would take him to see Alan Carr up by the bridge.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
My crappy photography doesn’t do it justice - but it really is a very nice bridge...
ADMIRING THE VIEW
Andy, Alan Carr and the Nolan Sisters enjoy the scenery.
ONLY IN THE US
There was no good reason for me to take this picture, nor feature it here. This man isn’t in the documentary, he was just walking around in his dungarees and straw hat, like that’s ok - really wish I had enough time to get to know him.
MY FIRST GROW VISIT
According to the grower of these plants in California (where it is perfectly legal) this is a "Small" grow. This picture shows about a third of the plants in the room.
What a West Country mug.
BACK OF POLICE VAN
Ah, the dream team. Ready to spring into action at anytime. First time I’ve ever been in the back of a police van. Don’t be fooled by my director Andrew's (on the left) laid back, drooling, glazed eyed look - he's a documentary making animal.
TEAM CANNABIS AT THE READY
That’s more like it. Crew at the ready: Andrew Parkin on the left, Andy Mosse on the right. director and cameraman/assistant producer respectively.
AVON AND SOMERSET CONSTABULARY'S FINEST
Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s finest. These guys are the frontline of Police effort to bust large scale cannabis factories and we were embedded with them during one of their largest operations…it even had a code name: Viscount.
PROF NUTT HEADQUARTERS
Waiting to meet the infamous Professor David Nutt - turns out he’s a very interesting and eloquent man.
SAT NAV DEAD END?
Happy coincidence - driving around trying to find our way to an interview, we pulled over into this appropriately named cul de sac.
In Bristol in the freezing cold, getting some shots of me looking serious when I saw this.Somebody's done a drawing. I like it. Bye
BBC Three Blog: James Alexandrou on filming Cannabis: What's The Harm?
James Alexandrou talks about his experinece of filming the programme and the issues surrounding it.Go to the BBC Three Blog website
BBC Three Dangerous Pleasures Season
This programme is a part of the Dangerous Pleasures season. The season follows young people's pursuit of pleasure and isn't afraid to show the darker side of tackling challenging subjects head on.Visit the BBC Three Dangerous Pleasures website
- James Alexandrou
- Executive Producer
- Robi Dutta