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Hillary Clinton film dropped, political pressure kills miniseries and film

HillaryClinton.jpgThe director of a planned documentary on Hillary Clinton has officially cancelled the project with NBC also cancelling their planned miniseries focussing on the politician who is likely to be announcing an attempt on the Whitehouse in 2016.

It seems that pressure on CNN as well as people turning their backs to the director's requests for interviews on the topic have resulted in the film being dropped, just as NBC have dropped their miniseries seemingly due to political pressure.

In August the Republican Party decided to boycott the so closely held belief of freedom of speech for the people they claim to represent by boycotting debates scheduled on CNN and NBC if they went ahead with the miniseries and film about Hillary Clinton.

However to be fair to CNN it looked like they were continuing with the project despite the potential big hit, although it should have backfired on the politicians and made them look like petty, closed minded and anti-freedom of speech people if they had boycotted the debates.

What has cancelled the film though is the director Charles Ferguson and he wrote on The Huffington Post through the BBC to explain why when he wrote on the Huffington Post the following:

”When I approached people for interviews, I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film.

Not Democrats, not Republicans - and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons, or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration.

After painful reflection, I decided that I couldn't make a film of which I would be proud. And so I'm cancelling. (Not because of any pressure from CNN - quite the contrary).

It's a victory for the Clintons, and for the money machines that both political parties have now become. But I don't think that it's a victory for the media, or for the American people.”

You know what sticks out the most there, and not that CNN were backing the project despite the political threats, but that the director says that this is a victory for the Clintons. I was surprised to read that because I thought films about them would be political gold for a potential presidential campaign, unless of course the film was going to be highly critical of them in which case you have to wonder why the Republicans were so set against the idea.

Deadline also revealed that NBC took the opportunity of this cancellation to announce the cancellation of its own projects regarding Hillary Clinton, and suddenly there were none.

To be honest I don't really know who this is a victory for.

When I first wrote about the intention to deliver a film about Hillary Clinton before the Presidential candidacy was even announced I questioned the timing, thinking purely about the film and the story wouldn't they have been better waiting for the announcement, and then if that was a positive one the outcome of the Presidential campaign?

Thinking about the story and the journey of the character distancing myself from any political statement, I would say that the story of Hillary meeting Bill, marrying him, being by his side as he rises to President, seeing him through the controversies, running for President and either winning or losing would be the story to tell. That's a complete journey there, telling it to the point of “will she or won't she” isn't anything near a decent ending.

Perhaps come 2016 we'll get the chance for another film, and perhaps it could be made from outside American in order to ensure it isn't overly influenced politically.




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