September 14th, 2012
Back in 2010 we released documentary Bananas!* in the UK and Ireland to great success. The film shed new light on the global politics of food, recounting the lawsuit that 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers successfully brought against the fruit giant Dole Food Company. Now comes Big Boys Gone Bananas!*, a personal story about what happened to director Fredrik Gertten when the film was released, a tale of corporate bullying and media spin - from DOLE attacking the producers with a defamation lawsuit, utilising scare tactics, to media-control and PR-spin.
This week Fredrik (pictured below with Sven Hughes, featured in the new film) came to the UK for the premiere of the film, which included two special events: a Q&A with panelists Fredrik, Sven Hughes and Charmian Gooch (co-founder and co-director of Global Witness), chaired by Jen Robinson (Director of Legal Advocacy at the Bertha Foundation) and hosted by DocHouse at the Prince Charles Cinema in London, and a screening with Q&A at the Cambridge Film Festival. You can see some more photos from these events on our Facebook page.
Big Boys Gone Bananas!* is in cinemas now - visit the website to find your nearest screening. But if the film is not showing near enough to you, Dogwoof.TV members can watch the film online from TODAY! To find out more about Dogwoof.TV membership click here. Or you could host your own local screening of the film through our Popup Cinema website
Read a great interview with Fredrick Gretten on The Quietus - "It's Not A Stunt To Get Sued" - Big Boys Gone Bananas!* Director Talks
PRESS FOR BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*
"Gripping – at times positively Orwellian" - The Guardian
"Compelling and often shocking" - TimeOut
"A timely parable about modern media and corporate 'reputation anxiety'." - TotalFilm
"[O]ne of the most politically-candid documentaries ever to counter-attack the hegemonic tyranny of the masses." - CineVue