Sunday, 24 January 2010

Four Lions - nothing to do with English football/Zoos

Screened at Sundance last night, this is Chris Morris' first satirical full-length feature, based on some Muslim jihadists as they plot to bomb London. Never one to shy away from controversy, its bound to be achingly painful to watch in parts and will obviously infuriate a small sector of society who just don't see how he can find humour in such subject matter.

A comment piece in The Guardian today reads: "A friend who has talked to Morris says: "Chris has spent an incredible amount of time immersing himself in Islam, terror and counter-terror. He has toured Britain and met dozens of radicals, ex-radicals, academics, journalists, British Asians, has sat in on high-profile terror trials for weeks, read all the key texts and recent books, gone to innumerable public meetings, met with community groups, and made it his business to educate himself on the nature of fundamentalism. I don't know anyone who has spent more time learning and digesting these issues."

Personally, I can't wait to see it. It will be interesting to see how the mainstream media and in particular, Channel 4 (long-time supporters of his work), treat the guaranteed outpouring of fury from "Disgusted-from-Tunbridge Wells" Daily Mail readers and sympathetic critics alike.

See a clip here

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