Filmmakers jailed for defrauding the taxpayer in £2.2million scam so they could get funding for a documentary attacking the Press
- Christopher Walsh Atkins and Christina Slater were involved in the con
- They took advantage of a government scheme to support UK film industry
- Atkins and Slater inflated invoice costs to ensure they had investment
- They were jailed at Southwark Crown Court for their part in praised film
Do you want to know how much Simon Cowell pays publicist Max Clifford? Or what the PR guru does to protect one of his influential clients who enjoys sex in public places? Would you like to know what Samuel L Jackson, Clint Eastwood, Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes think about celebrity culture and their fans? Or how about learning how to make a quick £600 for a fake story that a reporter is too lazy to substantiate? All is revealed in STARSUCKERS (12), the highly controversial documentary about a media obsessed by celebrity, available to buy now.
Previously unseen bonus footage available exclusively on this DVD includes some tongue-in-cheek interviews with 50 Cent, Samuel L Jackson, Keira Knightley, Clint Eastwood, Emma Watson, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Chris Noth, Jennifer Tilly, William Moseley, Eddie Izzard and Ralph Fiennes talking and their relationship with fame and their fans.
From Chris Atkins, the director of BAFTA-nominated TAKING LIBERTIES, STARSUCKERS is a fascinating journey into the dark underbelly of modern media, uncovering the real reasons for our addiction to fame and blowing the lid on the corporations and individuals who profit from it as well as members of the public that are duped by the media machine.
A covert operation filmed over a two-year period, the film uses a combination of previously unseen footage, undercover reporting and stunts that fool the public and the media alike as well as animation to reveal the toxic effect that the media is having on all of us including our children. It also argues how truth has become a distant memory in some modern news reporting and presentation, and climaxes with shocking revelations about Live 8.
•Audio commentary with director Chris Atkins and producer Christina Slater
•Companion booklet written by Chris Atkins
•100 minutes of previously unseen video footage of celebrity interviews-