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March 21, 2013

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Malcs

Funnily enough, I was reading about Nanjie the other day after a reference in Graham Hutchings' 'Modern China'. There's an NYT article from 2011 about it here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/magazine/in-china-a-place-where-maoism-still-reigns.html?_r=0

I particularly like the bit about the inhabitants venturing beyond the city limits for a kebab and a bit of shopping. It might feed into my long-nursed project for a long form TV detective drama called Stalingrad, loosely stylistically based on Polanski's Chinatown, where Stalingrad is an area of Los Angeles subject to Soviet rule but people are free to come and go.

Strategist

my long-nursed project for a long form TV detective drama called Stalingrad... where Stalingrad is an area of Los Angeles subject to Soviet rule but people are free to come and go

That's my B&T quote of the week so far, going into Friday. I don't know if we should band together to crowd fund this or to organise an intervention.

Malcs

May I suggest crowd funding? I might set up a Kickstarter page... FYI, am working on the detective figure whose journeys in and out of Stalingrad will help contextualise the place for a TV audience. At the moment I picture him as a renegade Quaker with an amphetamine problem and a habit of swigging a heady concoction of infant formula and spiced rum from a baby bottle he keeps about his person like a hip flask. I got the idea by conflating the names of two campaigning charities in the UK, Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs and Baby Milk Action.

ajay

Oh, man, I'd watch that. What's the backstory? Is this a kind of Kowloon Walled City that stayed in Russian hands after the US took over the rest of California? (As you know, Bob, the Russians had outposts along the coast of California in the 19th century, though more up around San Francisco).

Malcs

I think that's going to be left largely unexplained, at least for a while, although your suggestion sounds like it would work a treat. At the moment I'm trying to work out what kind of arc will get us to the end of season 1 finale in which Stalingrad is besieged by the Aryan Brotherhood.

ajay

Retelling the history of the Soviet Union in the form of rivalry between LA street gangs is a distinctly promising project. Kind of Dr Zhivago meets The Warriors.

Malcs

I'm definitely going to steal that for the poster tag line.

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