Documentary On Lady Diana’s Death Raises Controversies

The documentary directed by Keith Allen about Lady Diana’s death and presented in parallel with Cannes Festival raises accusations regarding the objectiveness of the author, says Reuters.

Allen launched his film, called Unlawful Killing outside the film festival, but still in Cannes. The film concentrates not so much on Princess Diana’s life her last years or her relationship with Dodi, the son of mogul Mohamed al-Fayed, but more on the conditions she died in and the cause of her killing. The film argues that the British press didn’t present the facts properly and this was because the royal family intervened. The Palace’s pressure wouldn’t allow an objective and complete media exposure.  At a press conference, Allen, who is best know for his appearances in TV series, stated that he “thought it was important that the public got to understand in a forensic manner what was happening in this inquest”. Some found it odd and a bit “hostile” that he would name the documentary as “forensic”. He also said that his movie isn’t one to cause “sensationalism”, he did not mean it like that. What he wanted to reveal is that in Princess Diana’s case, the British legal process was lacking information. The movie just presented some of the things that didn’t “add up”. The purpose of the movie is to reveal that “nothing is as it seems” and “they should be questioned. That’s why I made the film” he added.

When the press found out that the film was entirely funded by Mohamed al-Fayed, they questioned Allen on why he signed with the Muslim business man and if he is attacking the monarchy. He answered that nobody else wanted to invest in the documentary and that “it isn’t an attack on the monarchy”.

The film is said to present shocking photos of Diana after the car incident and the British press was concentrated on the fact, but Allen says the images presented in the movie are not shocking and that the media exaggerated a lot. The film isn’t approved in England, because Allen didn’t get the requested insurance for it. He said that in order to get the insurance, the film has to be approved by a lawyer. “I could get lawyer approval if I’d made 87 cuts which I wasn’t prepared to make” he concluded.

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