June 29th 2002

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Sexual misconduct in the Church

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Coalition MPs revolt against the ICC

New policies needed to rescue agriculture

COMMENT: How Ruddock could face charges before the ICC

Straws in the Wind: From the other side of the street / Dying culture

Sectarianism rears its ugly head in Victorian ALP

Census figures show decline of the family unit

Media ambush (letter)

Ancient wisdom (letter)

Reality cinema (letter)

Where the facts lie (letter)

Asylum seekers I (letter)

Asylum seekers II (letter)

Children as commodities (letter)

Who will stand up for small business, rural Australia?

OPINION: Reflections on the British monarchy

International terrorism: keeping the issues in focus

Despite tensions: Indonesia looks ahead

BOOKS: 'Undue Noise: Words and Music' by Andrew Ford

BOOKS: 'The Broken Hearth' by William Bennett

BOOKS: 'Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress' by Dai Sijie

COMMENT: That other Holocaust

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Where the facts lie (letter)

by Paul Hotchkin

News Weekly, June 29, 2002

After reading Terry Teachout's article about Ron Howard's movie, A Beautiful Mind, I was compelled to write that while I agree with his frustration on Hollywood's distortion or lack of facts, it is nothing new in any media whether the local newspaper or the current news story on TV.

The thing that particularly disturbs me is Hollywood's obsession for reality particularly in the current wave of war stories depicting the realism of war and the violence that surrounds it.

Schools are showing The Saving of Private Ryan to their students to show what the realism of war is like. Even then parts in the movie were unrealistic.

The recent well-founded controversy over the film Baise Moi was over its realism in its depiction of sex and violence.

But do we want realism or do we want to go to see a movie and be entertained by fantasy? Recent box office takings shows that movies such as Spiderman and Star Wars are the type of films people really want to see, after all, who wants realism when we live it and see it everyday?

If you want the facts, read the biography or see the documentary and even then be wary because even journalists or biographers can get it wrong.

Paul Hotchkin, President,
National Viewers and Listeners Association of Australia

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