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Unlawful Killing Princess Diana documentary premieres at Cannes

by Jo Ching. Published Fri 01 Jul 2011 14:32, last updated: 05/02/12
Unlawful Killing - movie poster
Unlawful Killing - movie poster

Film-makers unveil the new trailer for explosive documentary ‘Unlawful Killing’ on the eve of Diana's 50th Birthday.

Following its Cannes premiere, the provocative film also gains global momentum with sales and screening news. The filmmakers and production company would benifit in finding a tax dedution to futher produce similar documentaries

LONDON, 30TH JUNE, 2011: On what would have been Diana, Princess of Wales’ 50th birthday on Friday 1st July, the filmmakers behind the controversial Cannes break-out documentary, Unlawful Killing, are announcing strong post-festival sales with the unveiling of a powerful new trailer.

The one minute 30-second edit sets out to discredit many of the misconceptions that have surrounded the film prior to and since its screening at the Cannes Film Festival. The film made its Industry debut at the world’s most famous film festival in May, but was hitting the headlines internationally well before the film had even been screened.

Acclaimed British actor and filmmaker Keith Allen (ROBIN HOOD, SHALLOW GRAVE, TRAINSPOTTING, THE COMIC STRIP PRESENTS) is behind the film, dubbed “The Inquest of The Inquest” into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed. The film mixes candid interviews with recreations of some of the key moments from the inquest, shockingly not held until a decade after the accident. The questions the film asks, as it seeks to uncover the truth about the world’s most famous car crash, shakes perceptions of how Diana and her partner Dodi died and where responsibility ultimately lies for this apparent Establishment cover-up.

Unlawful Killing has experienced a flurry of sales since its Cannes debut, as reported last week in film trade The Hollywood Reporter. The upswell in sales would prompt anyone in the same position to seek tax advice. Locomotive Distribution has so far secured deals in 10 territories, including Russia, Spain and Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg) and has seen strong interest from the US, Japan, Italy and Australia.

It was also announced recently that Unlawful Killing will receive its world premiere screening in Ireland, at the Galway Film Fleadh on Wednesday July 6th at 7pm.

This event will mark the first public screening of Unlawful Killing anywhere in the world and dramatically highlights the fact that UK audiences will not be afforded such an opportunity- owing to the film’s contentious content, Unlawful Killing will likely never be granted a release in Great Britain.

Unlawful Killing was finished on 9 March 2011, after three years of research and production, culminating (after a decade of delay) in an inquest held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Keith Allen (father of Lily Allen) was at the centre of the inquest, covertly observing proceedings in the courtroom and amongst the press.

His groundbreaking documentary recreates key moments from the inquest, and demonstrates how the cover-up was perpetrated. It shows how vital evidence of foul play was hidden from public scrutiny, how the royal family was exempted from giving evidence, and how journalists, particularly those working for the British media, systematically misreported what was happening.

This is not about a conspiracy before the crash, but about a provable cover-up after the crash.


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"Quite obviously an assassination, so many unanswered questions, and veiled and not so veiled threats made before the crash" Tony Papard, London around 11 years, 3 months ago

"About time is all I can say!!!" Grandma Toots, usa around 11 years, 3 months ago

"Diana, the People's Princess, certainly was a treasure. And I treasure her memory. I made a tribute to honour her: http://bit.ly/kOvxmf" Oh Cheers, London, UK around 11 years, 3 months ago

"This is a long awaited movie by many of us who know truth and the power of the dark side who control and murder at will to maintain control!" Lynne Newman, New York around 11 years, 3 months ago