Controversy Watch: The Bush assassination movie

Get ready for some stern words from Tony Snow. Herewith, a press release I received this morning. I think it speaks for itself.

PRESIDENT BUSH ASSASSINATION FILM MAKES ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT THE 2006 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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.

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  • Jim

    Would love to see it, probably won’t get to though since everyone will be up in arms about it.. and no one will want to show it for fear of being labeled “unpatriotic” and supporters of Al Qaeda.

  • Cee

    This is disgusting … how could you WANT to see a movie about the President being murdered and then say, you’re afraid of being unpatriotic??
    If you WANT to see a movie about your president being murdered that is the very definition of being unpatriotic.
    What is wrong with this country!

  • Sophie

    actually, patriotism is defined as love for one’s country. last I checked, the president wasn’t the country.

  • Bill

    Love the line that starts, “While the nation mourns…”
    The press release stated this was a documentary style film, but clearly there are fantasty elements, as well.

  • Tim

    Cee, sounds like this falls under Freedom of Speech.
    I will say, the movie may be better received by the public (ala ’24′) if it was a fictious president, not a real one.

  • d.c.

    We’ve had assassinated presidents.. This is stupid and in very poor taste.

  • e

    whaaaa?!?

  • Ussher

    The enemy doesn’t believe in free speech, human rights or liberty.. bwa-hahahaha! What fools these film makers are to pity and protect them.

  • Ed

    I find this movie a bit disturbing, for too many reasons to list. I’m sure there are millions of people who would like to see this happen but…I don’t know.
    When I think of the guys that have passed away in the war and gas prices….

  • Meier

    I’m working on the sequel as we speak.
    It’s called “D.O.A.P. II: Hunting Season,” and it stars Jason Statham as the nation’s new President Richard Cheney. He locks and loads his quail-boomstick and goes on the hunt for the late Bush’s Wilkes Booth (I’m thinking a knife-fight climax in a forest, a la The Hunted).
    I’ve already had auditions for the assassin. Garrison Keillor showed me some surprisingly good stuff, as did Stephen Colbert, Al Franken, Jon Stewart, Michael Moore, Lewis Black, Bill Maher, George Carlin, and each member of System of a Down and Green Day. I’ll keep everybody posted on my casting decisions.

  • claire booth luce

    Can you image the wrath and absolute disgust towards the enemies of the USA if someone should kill our president? Even the liberals’ fearful voice would be shut completely, on the rally to arms and forget being patient and careful of political correctness! Think again..filmakers.. how this film will really be seen as troublesome, opposite to the peaceful causes you decree and totally crazy on both sides of the enemy line.

  • Jim

    I doubt that somewhere in the caves of Afghanistan, Al Qaeda is gathering to watch a sneak preview of this movie and then beginning to plot world domination when it is over.. people get over it.. people have the right to express themselves within legal limits. I for one would love to see this movie I can tell it’s a bit of a dramedy especially the line about the nation mourning.. hahahaha that’s a hoot.. if anything you would probably hear a collective sigh of relief….. to bad it’s just a movie..

  • max

    Sounds like the feel good movie of the year to me. Kidding, I’m kidding, but it does sound interesting, I’ll check it out. I remember ditto heads practically drooling over the prospect of Clinton catching a bullet, so let’s put your outrage in some perspective.

  • Jane

    I realize that it’s art and as a filmmaeker, I appreciate the ingenuity of the idea behind the documentary. The only problem I have is that yes, film does inspire people to do dumb things. Some idiot out there might watch this film and get ideas.
    Case in point #1- when “Snakes on a Plane” came out, I told all my friends to watch the news the following Monday because some idiot somewhere would bring snakes to a theater just to be cute. Lo and behold, some idiots in Arizona brought two rattle snakes to a theater. Ha-ha, very friggin’ funny.
    Case in point #2- Where did John Hinkley Jr. get his idea for shooting President Reagan? From a movie.
    I don’t think the movie should be censored, but let’s not be so naive to think that some moron somewhere won’t be thinking, “Hey that’s a great idea! I’m gonna shoot me a president and then it will be like the movie was prophesying my date with destiny.”

  • max

    The rattlesnakes in the theatre turned out to be false. A snake did slither into the lobby from outside, but no one actually released rattlesnakes into the theatre, the media got it wrong, of course they didn’t report the follow up with the headlines they did the first rumor they heard.
    Hinkley was delusional and wanted to get Jodie Foster to notice him, or so he said, who really knows what was going through his mind.

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