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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:31 am
The voices inside Traceeee Hutchison’s head are getting louder and louder:
For several years, the clamour for an end to David Hicks’ protracted incarceration has been growing to a deafening roar.
Those David Hicks Dancers sure are a rowdy bunch.
The release this week of UK filmmaker Michael Winterbottom’s latest film, Road to Guantanamo, is set to further ignite unfriendly fire in the direction of the Australian Government.
The film, which won the Silver Bear for best direction at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, is a docu-drama based on the testimonies of three young British Muslims arrested in northern Afghanistan by the US-backed Northern Alliance in late 2001.
A Silver Bear, you say? Well, that changes everything.
Told entirely from the perspective of its subjects, Winterbottom’s film recreates their journey from the British Midlands town of Tipton to Pakistan for the arranged marriage of one of the group, to their ill-fated and apparently spontaneous trip to Afghanistan on the eve of US military attacks and their subsequent jailing at Guantanamo.
Curse that ill-fated spontaneity. It’s the ruin of so many arranged marriages.
The film is at its bravest and strongest in its portrayal of life inside the jail at Guantanamo Bay. For this, it ranks as the film of our time …
No; this is the film of our time. I wonder if Traceeee will ever see it.
Though not depicted in the film, Hicks’ presence is palpable and it is not an easy film to watch, but I defy anyone with a conscience not to be haunted by it.
You can find more cogent sentences on a Scrabble board.
At least Winterbottom’s film made it through the Film Classification Board unscathed, then there really would have been some publicity.
How do lines like that make it into print? Presumably all the Age’s editors were otherwise occupied planning their G20 “actions”.
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