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10:22 am: doseybat, casby and me went to see Changeling last night at the Stratford Picturehouse. We liked it. My main interest in the film, I have to admit, was its writer - J. Michael Straczynski, who created and wrote most of Babylon 5, and has written several comic books I enjoyed. It is his first produced film script. His next will be Ninja Assassin.

Articles from VFXWorld and CGSociety about the CGI. No, there are no dragons, spaceships or explosions in this film. But there is the City of Los Angeles in 1928. They could have shot this without effects, but they would have done so on the same boring city backlot that gets trotted out all the time, and they couldn't have done those wide establishing shots. Nice to see the cars changing between 1928 and 1935, also.

Apparently JMS is writing a book about the case.

Some quite surprising bit got left out. Northcott was mainly abusing the children and murdering them only incidentally. He was aided by the woman he believed to be his mother, who was actually his grandmother (yay for incest). She got a jail term.


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From:doseybat
Date:December 10th, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)
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Maybe they didnt want the main issues of the film to be mixed up with a thing about child abuse? The murderer was portrayed as a straightforward Mr Villain so the murders didnt take much attention away from the main character. Although an evil woman associate would have been easy to add in - but could have brought complexity to the "honest women get locked up in mental health institutions by police" thing.
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From:abigailb
Date:December 10th, 2008 09:57 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it really only gave as much attention to the murderer as it absolutely had to. Hmm. I wonder whether they could (today) pull DNA from any of those bones (assuming they can be found).

Frost/Nixon interests me. Want to see?
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From:doseybat
Date:December 10th, 2008 10:05 am (UTC)
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Yeah sure. Not convinced my political history is sufficiently up to scratch to understand it, but will give it a go.
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From:abigailb
Date:December 10th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
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It will be educational!
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