…I believe that’s the distant sound of a lone Harley Davidson that I hear, revving its engine somewhere in preparation for the long ride ahead.
****THIS JUST IN: MACHINE GUN PREACHER IS GOING TO TIFF!!!*****
…or maybe it was the publicity machine finally roaring to life. Sunday, July 24, was just sixty days ahead of the September 23rd release for Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher, and it would seem we got our first little tickle from the team at Relativity and/or Virgin Produced.
A short little blurb of an interview was posted in USAToday and online at their website, featuring a few words from Gerard Butler who stars as Rev. Sam Childers and it was picked up by movie sites and blogs all over the web. I think I personally got news alerts from about ten different sources. This is fantastic!
What is disturbing however, is how many of them are using the release of this film not to discuss the good works of an actual living, breathing human being, who travels to the most dangerous parts of war ravaged Africa: The Sudan and now the new country of The Republic of South Sudan, in order to try to affect change in the lives of the people that live there one child at a time, but rather that this is another in a historical line of films/books that feature the white man coming to the rescue of the downtrodden "other".
I have to say I don’t understand the argument, or rather, what it has to do with this film. We’re not talking about a white colonial Bwana sitting on his porch and sipping gin & tonics at his coffee plantation who thinks he’s benevolent because he taught the child fanning him with palmetto leaves to read. This is a man who gets his hands dirty and risks his own life, who does what other people are afraid to even think about. Does it even matter why he’s doing it?
And don’t get me started on those that are already complaining that the title is deceptive and that there won’t be nearly enough machine guns and far too much preaching for their tastes, all of which is based on one blurb and one set photo…
However, having said all of that, I am very aware that there is no such thing as bad publicity and if it gets people talking about the film at all, so be it. I will now step down off of my soapbox to do the fabled *demented poodle dance* of joy that the games have officially begun! Woot!
This will, of course, not be by any means, my final word on this subject
****Machine Gun Preacher and Coriolanus will both screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. This demented poodle is very happy indeed!