Fahrenheit 9/11 update
Michael Moore's sensational documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 has been bought personally from the Walt Disney Co. by the founders of Miramax film studio, Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Miramax had funded the film but Disney, which owns the art-house studio, had refused to distribute the movie, saying the documentary and its criticism of President Bush's war on Iraq were too politically charged. Miramax will arrange for theatrical and home video distribution and are thought to have paid Disney US$6 million for the rights. The movie might still show in US theatres well before the November presidential election with its unflattering portrait of Bush. Conservatives fear that it will influence the election outcome against Bush. Fahrenheit 9/11 won this month the Palme d'Or, the highest award of France's Cannes film festival, with its portrayal of families affected by the war and the Bush government's policies following the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Centre. Interest in the film around the world is so great that it is expected to meet or beat the box-office performance of Bowling for Columbine, which set a record for a US documentary with US$21.6 million in ticket sales.