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Madeleine McCann: The McCanns, The Media, Bile And The Enigmatic Deadpan Film

by | 31st, January 2008

madeleine_mccann2.jpg MADDYWATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY MIRROR : “MADDY POLICE ‘PROBE ‘FAISCO'”

A letter of appeal from the Portuguese police requesting Kate McCann’s diary, Gerry McCann’s laptop, Madeleine McCann’s Cudle Cat and featuring a list of 100 questions for the “Tapas Seven” has not been sent. The paper says the police forgot to

The official are “bungling”. A “friend” says: “It’s a fiasco”

In Madrid “hundreds” of balloons were released “in honour of Madeleine”. And: “Children also held up pictures of the four-year-old”

Parents look on. Hands are held tighter. It could have been you. What is the purpose of this event? Is this spreading the fear and the anxiety?

THE GUARDIAN : “Before the dust settles Movie-makers used to wait until news stories were over before moving in. Not any more, writes Peter Bradshaw

The Madeleine McCann Movie

“Gerry McCann has confirmed that he took a preliminary meeting with a representative from IMG, an entertainment agency associated with the company who made Touching the Void although these particular film-makers have themselves denied any interest”

Will the film be made?

Asks Bradshaw: “How soon is too soon for a movie based on a news story? Two real events are threatening to transform themselves into celluloid with dizzying speed: the 2006 Securitas robbery in Tonbridge, over which a five-man gang was recently convicted of stealing £53m, and the kidnap of Madeleine McCann in 2007 for which, of course, no one has been convicted at all”

What kind of film with the McCann movie be?

“If the Securitas film becomes a mockney geezer film, then the McCann film would almost certainly play in another mode entirely: the Enigmatic Deadpan genre. Family dysfunction documentaries such as Capturing the Friedmans and My Kid Could Do That are all the rage, and I wonder if the McCanns quite realise the manner of mysterious neutrality in which they would inevitably be represented? If the film is made now, the McCanns cannot expect any film-maker simply to state that they are innocent. The film would show their day-to-day campaign, and there would be plenty of interviews with them looking uncomfortable, lots of odd silences. There would, I suspect, be no voiceover, just plenty of unanswered questions hanging in the air. And this would not necessarily be in bad faith: without the case being cleared up, no other approach is possible”

ROY GREENSLADE : “The McCanns’ debate: from banality to an outpouring of bile”

Greesnalsde is at the “The McCanns and the media debate.

Kelvin MacKenzie is speaking: “I was altogether less enamoured with his defence of papers, especially the Express titles, for publishing wildly inaccurate stories. Kelvin’s defence? Newspapers are commercial operations and you must expect them to publish stories calculated to increase sales. The temptation to ramp up circulation was too great to resist. That doesn’t wash with me at all”

Then: “Roger Graef, producer of Channel 4’s

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