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Oliver Stone Visits Julian Assange in London

In News on April 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Oliver Stone-Julian Assange

04/11/2013

Director criticizes two forthcoming movies about Wikileaks

Oliver Stone met with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London last week, the director said today, posting a photo on Twitter along with the message, “Hopeful talk.”

“A sad occasion in that Julian could not follow me out the door,” Stone wrote in another Tweet. “He lives in a tiny room with great modesty and discipline . . . Strong mind, no sun, friends who visit work to be done.”

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Assange has been living in the embassy after being offered asylum last August, hoping not to be extradited to Sweden where he faces charges of rape and sexual assault, and then to the United States over his work exposing secret information through Wikileaks.

In a series of tweets, Stone went on to criticize two films coming out about Wikileaks, including a documentary from Alex Gibney “that is not expected to b[e] kind” and “Another film from Dreamworks which is also going to be unfriendly.”

A longtime supporter of Assange – Stone and Michael Moore last year penned a supportive op-ed in the The New York Times – Stone again lauded Assange’s Wikileaks work, saying he “did much for free speech and is now being victimized by the abusers of that concept.”

Via RollingStone

Opening Night, Trust No One

UNDERGROUND: The Julian Assange Story

Robert Connolly
Australia, 2012, 90 minutes, 35mm, Color, official site
In Person: Julian Assange via a live phone interview (guest appearances are subject to change)

Support him or condemn him, there’s little doubt Australian-born activist, journalist, and computer expert Julian Assange has become the personification of the central dilemma of our turbulent times: what does the public have a right to know, how is this information procured, and when are governments justified in restricting access to it? Filmfest DC audiences are familiar with the work of Australian writer-producer-director Robert Connolly, whose financial thriller The Bank and political journalism drama The Balibo Conspiracy have been well-received in recent programs. Now, once more blending his own political awareness and innate storytelling sense, Connolly has made Underground, a perceptive, responsible, and dramatically authentic thriller about Assange’s adolescent passage from curious teenager to young father to morally principled hacker. Dragged across the country by his activist mother (Rachel Griffiths) to elude his cult leader stepfather, 17-year-old Julian (expressive newcomer Alex Williams) begins hacking into private systems with a pair of mates. In 1990, when he discovers unexplained troop movements on a top-secret American military website shortly before the Persian Gulf War commences, it becomes a race against time as a police unit led by a grumpy Luddite (Connolly regular Anthony LaPaglia) close in. Although he has wisely chosen not to take sides pro- or anti-Assange, Connolly has explicitly aimed the film at a young generation in search of a defining cause. “It’s good to stand up for what you believe,” he told one interviewer at last October’s London Film Festival. “You can make a difference.” Julian Assange has, and Filmfest DC is proud to present Underground. —Eddie Cockrell

In English

American Premiere
Followed by a party at Bar Louie, $30.00

Thursday April 11 7:00 PM Regal Cinemas Gallery Place $30.00  at box office

 

Via FilmFestDC

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