Tim Dower: Who would watch the Christchurch mosque movie?

Author
Tim Dower,
Publish Date
Mon, 12 Jul 2021, 11:20AM
Christchurch residents laying flowers outside the Al Noor Mosque cordon. Photo / Amber Allott.
Christchurch residents laying flowers outside the Al Noor Mosque cordon. Photo / Amber Allott.

Tim Dower: Who would watch the Christchurch mosque movie?

Author
Tim Dower,
Publish Date
Mon, 12 Jul 2021, 11:20AM

Some of the script for the film about the Christchurch mosque shootings has been leaked out.

Newshub says it's seen the draft document, it runs to 120-odd pages...and there's a graphic reconstruction of the attack itself.

We have shown the version of the script obtained by Newshub to some of the victims, who describe it as worse than the terrorist's livestream of the 2019 atrocity.

Now this is being circulated around the film industry, looking for a potential buyer.

Working title 'They Are Us'...it's being pitched as not so much the story of the attack, but the response to the attack.

But Newshub says the draft shows the attack taking place over 17 pages, and that would come out at around 17 minutes of film.

More than a dozen of the murders are depicted in graphic detail.

One woman who lost both her husband and her son says the movie sounds worse than the livestream.

And she thinks it would encourage others to commit similar atrocities.

I dunno about that.

I can't for a minute imagine why anyone would want to see it...but then morbid curiosity has driven plenty to seek out the material online.

So I guess there is a market for it.

And who hasn't seen a documentary about the September 11th attacks...or the film about United Flight 93?

I have.

Did they stir up violent intentions...not in me personally...but in others...who knows?

Perhaps this project is touching a nerve for me because it's so close to home.

But we've had a doco about Aramoana...13 people killed there....did that set off a wave of mass shootings...no.

Perhaps the problem with this one is the timing...the indecent haste of it all.

And from what Newshub's reported...the idea so far does seem to at least flirt with the idea of glamorising murder.

Not my cup of tea thanks...and ultimately...people will decide for themselves whether they want to see it or not.