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Madeleine McCann: Shannon Matthews, Entertainment And Mr Cheese

by | 13th, June 2008

gonebabygone.gifMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann is missing front the front pages. She now only appears in the media in the context of Ben Affleck’s film Gone Baby Gone, a work of fiction based on a work of fiction.

SPIKED ONLINE: Gone, Baby, Gone: who’s fit to be a parent?

With echoes of recent high-profile child abductions, Ben Affleck’s crime drama poses a very modern moral dilemma.

And a cracking night out at the cinema?

I remember when I heard Shannon Matthews had been found alive.

Shannon Matthews?

That moment of relief – and that sense of disappointment at the subsequent arrest of Shannon’s mother and other members of her extended family – came flooding back to me while watching Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone, Baby, Gone.

The mind wanders. The film isn’t that good?

As a number of reviewers have pointed out, the plot of Gone, Baby, Gone bears at least as much relation to the Shannon Matthews case as to that of Madeleine McCann.

Anorak thinks it’s more like Dennis Lehan’s book Gone, Baby, Gone:

Cheese Olamon, “a six-foot-two, four-hundred-and-thirty-pound yellow-haired Scandinavian who’d somehow arrived at the misconception he was black,” is telling his old grammar school friends Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro why they have to convince another mutual chum, the gun dealer Bubba Rugowski, that Cheese didn’t try to have him killed. “You let Bubba know I’m clean when it comes to what happened to him. You want me alive. Okay? Without me, that girl will be gone. Gone-gone. You understand? Gone, baby, gone.”

Is Cheese Craig Meehan, Michael Donovan, Robert Murat, or someone else?



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