Geoff Thompson

Dave Briggs: Going back to your plays and your writing, I understand that you’ve written a film, what is the situation with that at the moment?

Geoff Thompson: When I came back from America two years ago, I was approached by a film company to write the story of my life, based on the ‘Bouncer’ books and they asked me would I do a script and I said I would, I’d have a go. I wrote the script and we’ve been working on it ever since. This year we’ve won a development award. It was one of three hundred films from around the world that went in for the award. There were four awards, they were monetary awards and my script won one of the awards. So that means we’ve got development money behind the film now and its being developed by a company called Destiny Films, so it’ll be made in the next eighteen months and it will be on at the cinema shortly after that. Its basically, for people that have read the Bouncer books, its based on those books. Its based on me being at the factory, a depressed guy, building my fear pyramid. The top of my fear pyramid was violence, so I went on the door to confront my fears of violence, and then I got very good at that and became the person I didn’t like. My path became very dark, and then I find my way back out again, so its about salvation and its about redemption and its about home. Its about saying that anybody can be wherever they want if they can build their own fear pyramid, they can climb to the top and be whatever they want. You’ve just got to look around you, you’ve got to do more than what other people are doing, and you’ve got to take chances. The thing that stops us becoming great is fear, and fear is just a great big bundle of things we don’t understand, so we increase our ability to understand by reading and by experiencing and by gaining knowledge, then fear will dissipate, and as fear dissipates our consciousness will grow and we will be able to achieve anything we want to achieve. At the moment our consciousness is too small and people want massive achievements but their conscious isn’t big enough its like trying to fit Wembley Stadium into a pea, so you’ve got to build the pea up until it can take Wembley Stadium. You’ve got to build your brain up until it can take in what you want to achieve, otherwise there will be a break in homeostasis, our balance will be out. Its a process, its looking at what you want and growing gradually, planting seeds and becoming what you want to become, its all there you can have anything.

Dave Briggs: Over this past year you don’t seem to have been at the forefront of the magazines as much as what you have been, is there any particular reason behind that was it a calculated move or have you just been busy in other areas.

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Geoff Thompson: It was a bit of both really. It was just organic growth, it just happened on its own. I’ve started writing for some mainstream magazines and writing for this film company. I got picked up by the Royal Corps Theatre, in the West End, so I’ve been working with them and I’ve been working on writing some new books. Its just a time factor really, also I’ve said everything I wanted to say in the martial arts magazines, people like Bob, at M.A.I, have been really kind and have given me a platform, but I just feel like I’ve said enough. There are probably loads of people out there saying exactly the same – ‘shut up, you’ve said enough!’ I feel like I’ve said everything I want to say – there’s nothing more to say really, and the books are out there so the message is continuing to go out, spreading very big in America at the moment. So its just a case of thinking well, I’ve said all I want to say and I don’t want to repeat everything I’ve said. I don’t want to churn it all back up and start to reinventing the martial arts, it will lose its rawness so I don’t want to do that. Also I think its time to give the younger up and coming people a chance to voice their views, to have their say, so I’m trying to encourage other people to write, a lot of my students are writing for the magazines now and I’m trying to give someone else a bit of space, I think I’ve hogged it for long enough.