Best Subsidised Blair-Hating Film
Publicly-funded Blair-hating film wins publicly-funded European Film Academy prize. The story of The Ghost, Roman Polanksi’s film (right) of Robert Harris’s self-loathing book, gets worse. I have previously reported John Rosenthal’s discovery that the film received nearly €5m in taxpayer subsidy.
It turns out that this figure, mostly from German taxpayers but including €590,000 from EU taxpayers generally, is actually more than €5.5m.
And the film this month won “Best Picture” at the European Film Academy awards. It also took the awards for “European Director” (Polanski), “European Screenwriter” (Polanski and Robert Harris), “European Actor” (Ewan McGregor), “European Composer,” and “European Production Designer”.
The European Film Academy is mainly funded by the German National Lottery, but also receives money from the German taxpayer and also, through the EU Media programme, from British taxes.
It is bad enough that German taxes subsidise anti-American propaganda, but for British taxes to subsidise a film demonising a British prime minister is worse; that they also pay for it to win awards is insufferable.
Rosenthal summarises the film (I have read the book but not seen the film) thus:
The film is a kind of amalgam of “good European” pieties (e.g., the righteousness of the International Criminal Court) and delirious anti-American phantasms. It follows the trials and tribulations of a ghostwriter working on the memoirs of a former British prime minister. In the midst of his assignment, the ghostwriter gradually uncovers the “appalling truth” — as the official synopsis puts it — that his employer had been under the control of the CIA while residing at 10 Downing Street. Any resemblances between the fictional former prime minister and the real former Prime Minister Tony Blair are clearly intended. For good measure, the film has the “Blair” character assassinated by the father of a British soldier who was killed in Iraq.
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