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article imageDocumentary 'Unlawful Killing' getting buzz in Cannes

By KJ Mullins     May 11, 2011 in World
She was trouble to her husband's family. She predicted her own death years saying it would happen exactly the way it did. No one was brought to trial for her death. A new documentary explores this woman's death. Her name is Princess Diana.
Director Keith Allen's Unlawful Killing is getting buzz at the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival without being part of the official programs. Actor Allen and Mohamed al Fayed are backing the project.
The film is said to show graphic photos taken by paparazzi of Diana while she lay dying. Those photos have been banned in Britain.
It's a safe bet that the Royal Family will not be watching the doc that asks questions about the death of Diana. In 2008 after a six month inquest her death was deemed to be caused from the grossly negligent driving by their drunk chauffeur, Henri Paul.
Allen is not questioning conspiracies prior to the death of Diana but rather a conspiracy after the crash. The film is unlikely to ever see the light of day in Britain where lawyers are insisting on heavy cuts of footage.
The promo features a letter written by Diana in 1993 that says, “My husband is planning ‘an accident’ in my car.”
Director Keith Allen wrote about the documentary in the Guardian on Saturday upset that US conspiracy theorists are claiming that the CIA murdered Princess Diana making his film seem like the work of a crack pot.
Allen had asked major UK broadcasters to commission a television documentary about the inquest into Diana's death before he started the project. They all refused. When Fayed offered to fund Allen's piece he agreed only on condition that his team would report events in the way they saw them.
Allen wrote about his questions about a conspiracy after the crash that killed Princess Diana:
"Consider just a fraction of what transpired. Over 100 significant witnesses were not called to the inquest, or refused to appear. Blood tests allegedly proving the drunkenness of the driver Henri Paul were deemed "biologically inexplicable" by a toxicologist. A British crash expert found that Diana's seat belt had not been working. And so on."
Unlawful Killing will premiere on Thursday in Cannes. The film will then travel France, the US and other places just not in Britain.
"Because British lawyers insisted on 87 cuts before any UK release could be contemplated. So rather than butcher the film, or risk legal action, we're showing it in France, then the US, and everywhere except the UK. Pity, because at a time when the mindless sugar rush of the royal wedding has been sending British Republicans into a diabetic coma, it could act as a welcome antidote."
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