They Are Us, A fictional movie concerning the Christchurch mosque shootings starring Rose Byrne, has been placed on maintain.
They Are Us got here beneath hearth from New Zealand’s Muslim group when it grew to become clear that the movie’s focus could be on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Its title is pulled from one of many speeches that Ardern, who is to be played by Byrne, made on the time of the 2019 assaults. 51 folks have been killed within the shootings.
Ardern, who didn’t seek the advice of on the movie, has distanced herself from the mission. A press release issued by way of a spokesperson on her behalf mentioned: “The prime minister and the federal government don’t have any involvement within the movie.”
At a press convention in June, the prime minister said that the Muslim community should be the centre of the movie as a result of she doesn’t contemplate her response “to be one of many tales that must be informed”.
Rose Byrne to play Jacinda Ardern (Credit score: Alamy)
A script for They Are Us was leaked earlier this month. It emphasised Ardern’s story because the movie’s focus, which induced additional backlash from sufferer’s households.
Nonetheless, the movie’s director Andrew Niccol mentioned in an announcement acquired by RNZ that the leaked script “was not supposed to be the ultimate model.”
He added: “All scenes within the script are placeholders till we’ve got accomplished additional session with the [affected] households.”
In the meantime, an online petition has been set as much as shut down the movie’s manufacturing, which has acquired over 740,000 signatures so far. The movie’s producer Philippa Campbell has resigned because of the controversy.
Now the mission has been suspended indefinitely. Niccol mentioned by way of Stuff that he was “saddened by the ache induced to households of the victims”.
He confirmed that the mission was on maintain till additional session with the Muslim group had been carried out. Nonetheless, he mentioned that he hoped the movie would nonetheless go forward.
“Our hope for this movie, satisfied by producer Ayman Jamal, which is able to take years to finish, is that it’ll honour the survivors, and the lives misplaced,” he mentioned.
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