Documentary’s legal battles reveal ugly truth about UK media culture – Judith Townend

20 04 2010

Last year, producers of British documentary Starsuckers planted fake stories about celebrities into numerous tabloids: fables that told how Amy Winehouse’s hair had caught fire, for example; and that Guy Ritchie had injured himself juggling cutlery.   Getting these silly, spurious stories into print garnered the film some attention in the press, but there is another side to the Starsuckers documentary that seems to have been roundly ignored by the nation’s news journalists.

Evidence of dirty tabloid tactics; Max Clifford’s boasts while caught on undercover camera; alleged celebrity sabotage of the G8 summit march in Edinburgh in July 2005. Tellingly, these revelations seem to have been swept underneath the carpet. Read the rest of this entry »