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Censored director's warning for Britain

Discussion in 'Politics (deprecated)' started by Boss Hog, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. Boss Hog

    Boss Hog TRIBE Member

    Censored director's warning for Britain

    Fiachra Gibbons, arts correspondent
    Monday August 25, 2003
    The Guardian

    The film director Oliver Stone has warned that the independence of British news media would be destroyed if US conglomerates were allowed to buy into them.

    The maker of such films as Platoon and JFK, whose documentary on Fidel Castro, Commandante, was pulled "indefinitely" from the cable station HBO's schedules as America went to war with Iraq, said British politicians were naively courting disaster.

    The communications bill enables foreign companies to buy terrestrial channels such as ITV and Channel Five for the first time. Stone, who screened Commandante at the Edinburgh Film Festival, said he feared the change would undermine standards. "I was shocked at how superficial and sentimental the American coverage of the Iraq war was - all Private Jessica Ryan, and no coverage of civilian casualties. In Britain, you have a wider view, and people are more independent.

    "Goebbels said the bigger the lie, the more people will believe it, and I am afraid that is the American case. In America the media is amazingly conformist.

    "We are living in an age of spin. Now there is a law before parliament which would allow the US media to buy into your media. That'll be the end of the independent British media."

    Stone was scathing at the withdrawal of his documentary, after the Cuban leader executed three men who tried to hijack a plane and imprisoned 75 dissidents in the spring, saying it had become a football in George Bush's re-election campaign. Mr Bush, he alleged, was reliant on the Cuban American lobby in Florida who had helped engineer the state's much-disputed vote that took him to the White House.

    "I just pray that the American people have a chance to see Fidel Castro through his own words, because it need not be filtered by anybody, particularly the Cuban American lobby. The American people are sufficiently mature to see it without being guided or having cards put up saying this is propaganda."

    Stone returned to Havana to grill Mr Castro on the executions and his treatment of internal protest in Cuba. He hopes that HBO will eventually show the resulting film, Looking for Fidel, together with Commandante.

    Having been given unfettered access to the Cuban leader for more than 60 hours of interviews, Stone claimed he was much more of a "human being" than Mr Bush.

    "I see George Bush as a synthetic person. He's a C student at Yale, an ex-alcoholic who believes in Jesus - what could be more dangerous?"

    "Castro believes there is a new Bush policy against Cuba, fomenting hijackings and supporting dissidents with money," Stone alleged. "I believe the Republicans are very concerned about the 2004 election, which plays into the Castro situation very deeply."

    Stone is in Britain to make his film of the life of Alexander the Great, starring Irish actor Colin Farrell. Another Alexander film is to be directed by Baz Luhrmann, but Stone is starting shooting next month.

    "It is the biggest movie of my life," Stone said. "It's a great story, I hope I can do it justice.

    "No doubt Baz, whom I admire, will do something amazing, extravagant and beautiful."

  2. ~atp~

    ~atp~ TRIBE Member

    If pig-fucker-corporate-dickwads manage to start buying out the relatively independent news corps like BBC, etc, then I will seriously reconsider my future as a hacker anarchist. lol.

    Shit like that makes me angry.

    "Why do you do it?"
    "Because we can!" they say.
  3. Boss Hog

    Boss Hog TRIBE Member

    Best quote:

    "I see George Bush as a synthetic person. He's a C student at Yale, an ex-alcoholic who believes in Jesus - what could be more dangerous?"
  4. SlipperyPete

    SlipperyPete TRIBE Member

    Homogenization, in whatever form it takes, takes away from uniqueness and individuality. Allowing the states to buy into British media would be yet another step in their empire-building.
  5. man_slut

    man_slut TRIBE Member

    Don't forget that those are gentlemen "C's" reserved for stupid people that have rich influential parents. If he were some Joe Shmoe that got into Yale (somehow) he would have failed.

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