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18/09/01
US Tragedy Set to Transform Hollywood
- 'It's going to change the way we think about everything,' says British director Mike Figgis

THIS WEEKS brutal scenes in America are likely to change the face of film-making for good, according to those in the movie industry.

British director Mike Figgis, currently at the Toronto Film Festival to promote his new film, Hotel, said the tragedy would affect the use of violence in films. "It's going to change the way we think about everything, it's a monumental event and therefore obviously the film industry, which is a secondary factor, will change too."

Figgis spoke of how the World Trade Center disaster reminded him of Hollywood effects. "I just kept thinking that it looks like a very well done special effect. I seem to have seen this image so many times before in every trailer of every big movie that comes out of Hollywood."

The film industry is still reeling from the shock of the events, which have been described as like watching the aliens attack in Independence Day. In tragic irony, Independence Day was due to be shown on US TV this weekend but has now been pulled from schedules. Similarly in the UK, Warner Brothers have removed terrorist-themed action flick Swordfish from cinemas.




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