The big story is all the death and assassination going on at the Toronto Film Festival.
As you may have heard by now, there was a controversial movie making the rounds here called D.O.A.P. - Death of a President. In this movie, they moved the clock up to 2007 and did a pretend-assassination of President George W. Bush. And they examined the implications of what happened in documentary-style fashion. This was a British production that aired on Channel 4 in the U.K. and was screened here at the festival on Sunday.
Well, the movie has found a few takers willing to try and show this movie in the USA--- a deal was done with Newmarket to distribute the film in the U.S., and the distribution deals come to something like $7.5 million dollars. Read about it here.
President Bush isn't the only name politician under attack in Toronto. There's another movie here entitled The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair. What timing too, eh? Screening here, just a week after Blair announces he's planning to quit. And just to show there's equal time given to Democratic politicians, they also are bumping off Bobby Kennedy. The Emilio Estevez flick Bobby, to be screened in the next few days here, was also shown at the Venice Film Festival.
What's with all this killing going on in these political movies here in town?! Seems like all these movie makers are taking out their frustrations on all these politicians, all at once. There's blood on the floor of this film festival! I find it interesting that there was even an American distributor found for this ghastly George Bush death pic. Such a movie would have been unthinkable a few years ago. It shows you how much the political climate has changed down there in the USA. The fact that distributors there think there are actually people in the United States willing to pay to watch a movie about the sitting President getting assassinated--- that says a lot about the President's popularity, or the lack of it right now.
Still, it is kind of sick when you think of it--- seeing a movie screened here where Bush gets bumped off. When are we going to get a movie where Osama bin Laden is killed?! Better yet, why don't these American troops find that guy and capture him already, for real?