CATEGORIES Documentary, Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, Thrillers, Casting, Celebrities and Controversy, Cinematical Indie, CinematicalIn spite of all its controversy and its Emmy and Toronto Film Festival awards, the faux documentary Death of a President was not worth all the hype it received four years ago. I won't say it was terrible, because I've come around to respect some of the positive things said about its purpose, but I certainly did not enjoy watching the film, which depicted the hypothetical assassination of George W. Bush using real footage of the former U.S. president.
However, I'm willing to give director Gabriel Range another shot, especially now that I've learned his next film comes from a script by one of the writers of The Last King of Scotland, Jeremy Brock. Though Peter Morgan may have been the better screenwriter involved in that adaptation, Brock's involvement with other decent British films, such as Charlotte Gray and Driving Lessons, which he also directed, are indicative of his talent. He also scripted Kevin Macdonald's upcoming sword-and-sandals flick The Eagle of the Ninth.
The Range/Brock collaboration is still untitled, which is odd seeing that it's already wrapped half of its shoot, now leaving London and continuing in Kenya. All that I've seen revealed of the plot is that it concerns modern slave trading and "details the story of one woman's fight for freedom," according to The Hollywood Reporter. I wonder if it has anything at all to do with the project announced as Range's DoaP follow-up three years ago, which involved a young boy who shows up after being missing for years.
Yet that was reportedly a Paramount production, whereas this is being financed by the UK Film Council and Channel Four, among others, and is up for sale next week at the Berlin Film Festival's film market. Also on hand from The Last King of Scotland is producer Andrea Calderwood. The film stars a bunch of great actors, mostly unknown by the general public, including Isaach De Bankole (The Limits of Control), Lubna Azabal (Paradise Now), Hiam Abbass (The Visitor), Nonso Anozie (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Yigal Naor (Saint Clara).