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|Scott Talks Up Black Hawk Down
- Director uses London premiere to defend politics of war movie
BLACK HAWK DOWN director Ridley Scott, speaking at Thursday night's London premiere in the West End, leapt to the defence of his film in the face of critics who had questioned its politics.
Some of the film's big names, including Ewan McGregor, Josh Hartnett and Ioan Gruffudd turned up at a wet and windy Leicester Square, but the controversy over the issues behind the movie eclipsed the stars.
BBC TV's film reviewer Jonathan Ross labelled Black Hawk Down "racist" earlier this week and many others have said it is a recruiting sergeant for the US army, but Scott disagrees, calling his movie, based on real events in Somalia in 1993, "anti-war."
"The film fundamentally discusses two things about intervention," the British director said. "First, should we intervene and, secondly, when should we do that? But it also raises the question about paying attention to what else is going on in the world."
Black Hawk Down certainly outlines the chaos and fear associated with the US attack on Somalia which ended in the death of dozens of American troops and hundreds of Somali fighters, but critics have mainly focussed on the way the film makes only brief and shallow attempts to gain any perspective of the horrific battle from a a Somali point of view.
Politics aside, most agree that Black Hawk Down is a technical and directorial triumph and Scott is now fancied to win awards at both the Golden Globes and the Oscars.