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Message Posted On Friday, September 1st 2006 at 11:50 pm
New York, NY (August 31, 2006) - The Toronto International Film Festival released new details today regarding a film in their line-up. Previously referred to as D.O.A.P., the film's actual title is DEATH OF A PRESIDENT. This fictional drama, which mixes archival footage with narrative elements, focuses on the assassination of President George W. Bush in the style of a retrospective documentary. DEATH OF A PRESIDENT makes its world premiere in the festival's Visions section on September 10th at 8:30 p.m. at the Paramount 3 Theatre in Toronto.

"We’re thrilled to be screening the film at Toronto," said writer/director Gabriel Range. “It’s a striking premise which may be seen as highly controversial. But it’s a serious film which I hope will open up the debate on where current US foreign and domestic policies are taking us.”

DEATH OF A PRESIDENT is a thought-provoking critique of the contemporary American political landscape. In the film, President Bush is confronted by a massive anti-war demonstration as he arrives in Chicago to make a speech for business leaders. Unperturbed, Bush goes ahead with the visit but as he leaves the venue, he is gunned down by a sniper. While the nation mourns, the hunt for his killer swings into action and the state apparatus tries to make sense of this horrific attack on the administration. The investigation soon focuses on a Syrian-born suspect.

DEATH OF A PRESIDENT is co-written and directed by Gabriel Range ("The Day Britain Stopped"), and is produced by Borough Films' Range, Simon Finch and Ed Guiney. The executive producer is Robin Gutch. U.S. rights are represented by William Morris Independent, with distribution already secured in the UK by Film Four/Channel 4.


Liberal, so yay, watching this.&)

Can of worms open.
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Message Posted On Saturday, September 2nd 2006 at 2:17 am
*takes deep breath out* Shutting mouth.... *-) But I had to post to tell you that............
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Message Posted On Saturday, September 2nd 2006 at 2:47 pm
It'll be worth watching to see Bush get shot.
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Message Posted On Saturday, September 2nd 2006 at 3:33 pm
Seems kind of cool how they are making it. Wonder how George feels about it.
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Message Posted On Saturday, September 2nd 2006 at 7:45 pm
I'm strangely interested.....
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Message Posted On Sunday, September 3rd 2006 at 9:13 am
I'm certainly no Bush fan at all, but I'm a little shocked they would make this film about an ACTUAL (especially, current) president. Why not use a fictional one? The only reason to make it about Bush was to stir up controversy, and frankly, I find it in bad taste. If the goal was to make Americans think, then using a fictional president would have done the job.

But since this is America, and I believe that censoring an artist's vision is wrong, of course I support their right to make a film like this. But good lord, does no one else find this a little disturbing? Not that anyone would want to see it, but I certainly wouldn't want a film to be made called "Death of a Teacher", and have someone play me getting shot. You know what I mean?
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Message Posted On Sunday, September 3rd 2006 at 12:31 pm
On Sunday, September 3rd 2006 9:13 am, cindy wrote:
I'm certainly no Bush fan at all, but I'm a little shocked they would make this film about an ACTUAL (especially, current) president. Why not use a fictional one? The only reason to make it about Bush was to stir up controversy, and frankly, I find it in bad taste. If the goal was to make Americans think, then using a fictional president would have done the job.

But since this is America, and I believe that censoring an artist's vision is wrong, of course I support their right to make a film like this. But good lord, does no one else find this a little disturbing? Not that anyone would want to see it, but I certainly wouldn't want a film to be made called "Death of a Teacher", and have someone play me getting shot. You know what I mean?


I know what you mean. But what they're doing works. The only reason I would see this film is to see Bush getting shot. Obviously I don't want to see him shot in reality, no matter how much I dislike him. I guess it is diisturbing but hey , if that's what they want to do, then go for it.
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Message Posted On Sunday, September 3rd 2006 at 12:50 pm
On Saturday, September 2nd 2006 2:47 pm, General_Sherman wrote:
It'll be worth watching to see Bush get shot.


Amen.
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Message Posted On Sunday, September 3rd 2006 at 2:27 pm
On Sunday, September 3rd 2006 9:13 am, cindy wrote:
I'm certainly no Bush fan at all, but I'm a little shocked they would make this film about an ACTUAL (especially, current) president. Why not use a fictional one? The only reason to make it about Bush was to stir up controversy, and frankly, I find it in bad taste. If the goal was to make Americans think, then using a fictional president would have done the job.

But since this is America, and I believe that censoring an artist's vision is wrong, of course I support their right to make a film like this. But good lord, does no one else find this a little disturbing? Not that anyone would want to see it, but I certainly wouldn't want a film to be made called "Death of a Teacher", and have someone play me getting shot. You know what I mean?

This is exactly what I thought when I found out about the movie. It is the absolute height of poor taste.

What's more... The timing of the release is contemptible. :@

But as with all things I think is in poor taste I point it out and then forget about it. The best way to express your disgust over the film is not to see it or even talk about it. Forget it.
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Message Posted On Monday, September 4th 2006 at 12:51 am
On Sunday, September 3rd 2006 9:13 am, cindy wrote:
I'm certainly no Bush fan at all, but I'm a little shocked they would make this film about an ACTUAL (especially, current) president. Why not use a fictional one? The only reason to make it about Bush was to stir up controversy, and frankly, I find it in bad taste. If the goal was to make Americans think, then using a fictional president would have done the job.


If it were a fictional President, noone would care, the same issues would be raised, but they'd be ignoredbecause there part of an exisiting fictional context and won't be seperated from that by the audience, with Bush being used, the film is saying "hey, we're talking about the real problems and solutions that come with this guy's death"

It's a theoretical project, as every discussion about Bush's cabinet is, back and fourth, left and right, this may even look at both sides, not just saying "Hey, wanna see a movie where Bush gets what's coming to him before 9/11?)

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Message Posted On Monday, September 4th 2006 at 1:02 am
This is not the first fictional president Assassination movie. Director Niels Mueller was going to make a fictional story about a failed attempt on the life of Lyndon Johnson. He killed the idea and made "The Assassination of Richard Nixon" instead, which is based on a true story.

I may watch it if I get a chance.
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Message Posted On Saturday, September 30th 2006 at 5:55 pm
I've said it on DK (Shameless Plug), and I'll say it here, I think that this is a great idea for a movie. Not because it show Bush dying, but because it "is ultimately interested in addressing today’s political issues through the lens of the future. Xenophobia, the hidden costs of war and the nature of civil liberties in a hyper-media age all come under the microscope. The film is never a personal attack on Bush; [it] simply seeks to explore the potential consequences that might follow from the President’s policies and actions."
I feel it is another great example of Channel 4 producing innovative programing and is a great way for More4 to celebrate its year anniversary.
O yeah and for people in the UK it will be shown on More4 on October 9th and then on C4 a month or so later, and apparently it will be released in the US by the end of 2006.
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Message Posted On Monday, October 2nd 2006 at 8:54 pm
Hey, that looks like a cool site. I'm glad I clicked on it. I think I just might join.

Not only do they disagree with him, but they fantasize about his death. The only way it could be better for them would be if there was a way to put each viewer in the movie so they could be the assassin.

Can you imagine the uproar that would come if an American made a movie depicting every member of the British royal family getting their throats slit? Yet they're allowed to slam us day and night in the name of "art." ^o)
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Message Posted On Tuesday, October 3rd 2006 at 9:25 am
On Monday, October 2nd 2006 8:54 pm, KingJohn23 wrote:
Hey, that looks like a cool site. I'm glad I clicked on it. I think I just might join.

Not only do they disagree with him, but they fantasize about his death. The only way it could be better for them would be if there was a way to put each viewer in the movie so they could be the assassin.

Can you imagine the uproar that would come if an American made a movie depicting every member of the British royal family getting their throats slit? Yet they're allowed to slam us day and night in the name of "art." ^o)


They do not fantasise about his death, they are showing the results of his death. If they wanted to fantasise about his death then they would make a film about the plotting of the death etc, but it is a film about the reaction of America to his death.
I wouldn't care, because it is TV and shockingly I can distance myself from what happens on the TV and what is reality.
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Message Posted On Tuesday, October 3rd 2006 at 1:49 pm
On Monday, October 2nd 2006 8:54 pm, KingJohn23 wrote:
Can you imagine the uproar that would come if an American made a movie depicting every member of the British royal family getting their throats slit?


We'd find it bloody hysterical, considering how many times we've actually done it ourselves...
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