Monday 18 December 2017

Declan Lynch: These guys just can't handle the truth

Fact is, we're being sold works of fiction presented as actual true stories, writes Declan Lynch

I WENT with my daughter to see The King's Speech last week, and we enjoyed it greatly, confidently tipping it for several Oscars. Imagine my surprise when I learned that we had been conned.

I have been campaigning for a long time in these pages against the sordid but widespread practice whereby the creators of movies and books, and the movie versions of books, take a "true story" -- and then change it any way they like -- and still call it a "true story".

And I thought I was a lone voice in the wilderness lamenting this malaise, until I discovered a piece by Christopher Hitchens in the Guardian in which he describes The King's Speech as "an extremely well-made film with a seductive human interest plot, very prettily calculated to appeal to the smarter film-goer", but which "perpetuates a gross falsification of history".

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