Win 1 of 3 copies of Big Boys Gone Bananas
closing date: 11 Dec 2012
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS! a film by Fredrik Gertten. Out on DVD and download
Big Boys Gone Bananas!*, Fredrik Gertten’s fascinating follow up to his film Bananas!* tells the shocking but true story of dirty tricks, lawsuits, bullying corporations, and media manipulation, and is every bit a corporate thriller as any Hollywood fiction film. Following on from the theatrical release where the film won the Audience Award for Favourite Documentary Feature at Cambridge Film Festival, Dogwoof is proud to present this engaging film on DVD and digital download (Dogwoof TV) on 19 November. Featuring an exclusive five deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer, the DVD is a chance to own an important piece of filmmaking.
Big Boys Gone Bananas!* is not exactly a sequel but a companion piece to Gertten’s previous film Bananas!*, the story of 12 Nicaraguan banana plantation workers who sued Dole Foods over their use of potentially harmful chemicals.
Selected to screen at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Gertten receives a message that the film has been pulled by the organisers from competition. Next is a damning article in the Los Angeles Business Journal and then a letter from Dole’s lawyers threatening legal action. What follows is not a courtroom drama, but a deft examination of Dole’s explicit tactics and also their subversive media schemes not only to have the film banned but to blacken the reputation of everyone involved in the film.
Gertten meticulously captures the whole process – from Dole’s attack on the producers, to the media-manipulation and PR campaign – with interviews and footage. But most of all this is a film about Fredrik Gertten and how precarious his life as a documentary filmmaker became at the hands of a large corporation; how his professional reputation and the status of his company came under international scrutiny.
Fredrik Gertten is an award winning director and journalist based in Malmö, Sweden.
In 1994 he founded the production company WG Film. Before he worked as a foreign correspondent and columnist for radio, TV and press in Africa, Latin America, Asia and around Europe.
Today he combines film making with a role as a creative producer on WG Film - famous for local stories with a global understanding, with several films catching the identity and transformation of his hometown. Featuring international stars like footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and architect Santiago Calatrava, among others. Dole Food company made his film BANANAS!* controversial by suing the company, producer and director. The fight for the film and freedom of speech won international recognition. In Sweden awarded with several prizes including the Anna Politkovskaya freedom of speech award.
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