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Madeleine McCann: Every Directors Worst Nightmare

by | 31st, May 2008

madeleine-mccann.jpgMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE GUARDIAN: Ben Affleck has a movie out and thanks to the case of Madeleine McCann it’s getting lots and lots of press.

Breaking news broke my movie – What scuppered the chances of Ben Affleck’s latest film? This time he can’t blame the critics, says Andrea Hubert. Events in Portugal on the other hand…

It’s the twist of fate that every director fears most: you spend endless meetings fine-tuning the script, months sweating on a Hollywood lot, run it by the test screenings – and then, just as you’re ready to serve up your latest cinematic masterpiece, real life pulls the rug out from beneath your feet.

It’s every director’s worst nightmare. But Affleck’s film is a work of fiction and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is raw reality…

Ben Affleck can tell you all about it. His directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, netted critical plaudits on its US release in October 2007. Here in the UK, though, the film – which tells the story of a hunt for a missing four-year old – has spent months in limbo thanks to its eerie similarity to the Madeleine McCann case (child actress Madeline O’Brien even bears an uncanny resemblance to McCann).

But Madeleine O’Brien did not go missing, not really. Madeleine McCann did. One wants to be famous; one is famous. Can you spot the differences? Can you tell the difference between reality and fiction?

Posted: 31st, May 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Celebrities, Madeleine McCann Comments (668) | TrackBack | Permalink