The Dog & The Palace

The Dog & The Palace is about a young boy who is so inspired by watching the 2012 Olympic Games on TV that he decides to write to The Queen of England to say ‘Thank You’. He sends her a parcel, a statue of his little dog, and the film follows the journey of the young boy as he persuades his family they should visit London to celebrate the Games.

The little Doggy Darren Sends to The Queen

Funded by Arts Council England.
Produced By Karen Gilchrist
Written & Directed by Gary Thomas

Inspire Mark

The film and workshops were granted the Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme. The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Seb Coe, Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: “We want to use the power of the Games to inspire change. The Inspire programme is recognising the work our partners all round the UK are doing to help us achieve this vision now. I congratulate everyone involved in The Dog & The Palace Film & Workshops for securing the Inspire mark and wish you every success with your work.”

Working with Storyteller Jon Potter, from Company Paradiso, the project inspired young children in Primary schools to think about what it will be like as they watch the Olympics in 2012, and as London welcomed the whole of the World to watch alongside them. St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Essex was the first school to host the workshops, giving young children a real insight into filmmaking.

The Inspire programme is run by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It was an opportunity for everyone to be a part of the London 2012 Games – a broad participation programme spanning sport participation, education, sustainability, volunteering, and business opportunities & skills. New opportunities were created to inspire young people and encourage the whole of the UK to join in.