Diana film is not sensationalist - Keith Allen

One of the films that generated immense curiosity during the 64th edition of Cannes Film Festival was undoubtedly Keith Allen’s film, Unlawful Killing.

The makers claim that the British documentary throws light on circumstances surrounding the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

It may be recalled that Diana was killed in a car-crash along-with, Dodi, and the driver, Henri Paul. Interestingly, the sole survivor, Trevor Rees-Jones, does not feature in the film.

Narrated by Allen, Unlawful Killing is a mixture of archive footage, new interviews, graphics and reconstructions of scenes from the 2007 inquest in London.

At the media conference after its premiere, director Keith Allen was repeatedly asked to explain what new evidence he believes the film contains.

Allen explained, I don't believe there is too much that is new, the film is more about what happened after the death of the Princess and less concerned with conspiracy theories about how it happened. It includes the use of photographs taken soon after the accident.

“I didn't want to make a sensationalist film and I don't think it is a sensationalist film. But I think it reveals certain things which don't add up and they should be questioned. That's what the film is about - I believe the inquest was steered," said Allen.

An inquest jury found that the Princess had been unlawfully killed by the grossly negligent driving of Henri Paul and those vehicles in pursuit. The film implies that 'following vehicles' were not necessarily the paparazzi.

Allen disagreed with suggestions he should have made it clear on screen that the film was funded by the businessman Mohamed Al Fayed, saying it would have interrupted the film's flow.

Allen said the producers initially sought funding from TV organizations in the UK; when the project was rejected, they accepted finance from Mr Al Fayed to the tune of £2.5m.

Allen said he hopes the documentary will still be shown in the UK and he is very hopeful that the film may feature at this year's London Film Festival.

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