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McDrama at comedy club this Sunday 4/12/05

McDrama at comedy club this Sunday 4/12/05

Sunday evening is the traditional television timeslot for British drama, but this Sunday you might want to leave your TV set behind and step out of the lounge for some real life drama. Head on in to The Classic Comedy Bar and Theatre to see the acclaimed documentary, McLibel, the story of how two ordinary people stood up against a corporate giant.

With courtroom re-enactments directed by Ken Loach, spies and corporate bullying caught on tape, there's as much intrigue as you could want in this compelling documentary.

Seen it! You may have seen the original McLibel which was released in 1997, but this is a new and updated version which includes new interviews and the European Court victory of Helen Steel and Dave Morris, the so called McLibel Two. In fact according to director Franny Armstrong, "it's unrecognizable from the early version - it's now turned into a feel good movie!"

McLibel tells how McDonald's used UK libel laws to squash and silence any criticism of itself. While major media outlets like the BBC and The Guardian crumbled and apologised, two humble activists who were sued by McDonald's for distributing flyers entitled "What's wrong with McDonalds?" refused to say sorry and brought about what became known as the biggest corporate PR disaster in history.

This screening of McLibel is organised by Indymedia Auckland, as part of their bimonthly screenings known as The Antidote. These are held every two months at The Classic and feature alternative political documentaries.

Event: The Antidote

Feature Documentary: McLibel 2005 Preceded by 2 short documentaries

Venue: The Classic Comedy Bar and Theatre, 321 Queen Street, Auckland

Date: Sunday December 4

Time: 7.45pm first film starts

Cost: $5 entry

You can find more information on:

the McLibel trial at www.mcspotlight.org

the McLibel filmmakers at www.spannerfilms.net

indymedia at www.indymedia.org.nz

"Whoever said that ordinary people couldn't change the world."

Franny Armstrong. (Director, McLibel)


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