June 7th, 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 got released, a tale of corporate bullying and media spin - from DOLE attacking the producers with a defamation lawsuit, utilizing scare tactics, to media-control and PR-spin.
Big Boys Gone Bananas!* is screening at Sheffield Doc/Fest on June 14 and 16 and Fredrik Gertten will be present for Q&A's following both screenings - details and tickets here
Fredrik will then come to London for a preview and Q&A at the Curzon Soho for a Doc Days screening on Thursday 21 June - book here
This London Q&A will also have two special guests - stars of the film Sven Hughes and Tim Burt will join Fredrik on stage;
Sven Hughes is a strategic communications advisor and founder of the world’s first dedicated verbalisation agency. His current and former clients include Prime Ministers, CEOs, militaries and royal households. He is also a multi award-winning copywriter, feature film screenwriter and director. He lectures regularly on the future of strategic communications to international business and military audiences. Sven argues for increased legislation within the commercial stratcoms industry.
Tim Burt is Managing Director of StockWell, which he joined from Brunswick, the international advisory firm, where he oversaw sectors including media, technology and automotive. H Tim was formerly an award-winning journalist at the Financial Times, where he spent 16 years in several senior editorial roles including Media Editor, Motor Industry Correspondent and Nordic Bureau Chief.