Category: Feature Film (1×97’)
Executive Producer: Peter Carlton, Liza Marshall
Producers: Simon Finch, Ed Guiney, Robin Gutch, Gabriel Range
Screenplay: Simon Finch, Gabriel Range
Director: Gabriel Range
Commissioner: More 4
Winner of the International Critics Award at the Toronto Film Festival, this feature-length drama for Film4 picked up the Emmy for Best Film, following its subsequent television release. Shot in the style of a retrospective documentary, ‘Death of a President’ traced the events leading up to a US Presidential assassination, and mapped its grim fall-out.
Newmarket Films & Film 4 present A Borough Films Production
In The Press
Packs a punch…. knocks the breath out of the spectator…eerily convincing…bravo to Channel 4 for the commission…..Bravo to Toronto. Now let’s see how far it can go, around the world.
A scathing, often brilliant satire of the Bush administration’s policies and rhetoric.
A vision of an all-too-plausible future rendered with urgency and eye-popping realism….an incredibly realistic political thriller…..yet the film’s deeper intentions are far more urgent, and elevate it into the company of such landmark works….as Peter Watkins’s The War Game, Costa-Gavras’s Z and, closer to home, Michel Brault’s Les Ordres. Every thinking person should see Death of a President.
Highly impressive…accomplished…admirably sustained air of authenticity…. scarcely a false note struck in the whole feature-length film…convincing….a terrific thriller
Complex, restrained and painstakingly careful not to glorify violence…the film examines the pressure to rush to judgment….
Technically impressive……dignified……an essay on how a national tragedy can be exploited as the grounds for an even greater tragedy
Finch has been praised for treating all sides of the political spectrum with respect, but there is no mistaking his cautionary message about the dangers of ethnic demonization and rushing to judgment under the pretext of fighting terrorism
Seamless, intelligent and maybe even necessary to an understanding of George W. Bush’s role in the world today, and his place in the wider scope of history…convincingly staged…electrifying drama…compellingly realistic.
A clever, thoughtful and totally believable script…..your blood runs cold…..brilliantly played by first-rate actors…..a film without a political agenda that everyone should see…..ground-breaking technical proficiency……