Wednesday 11 May 2011

documentary that shows a graphic photograph of a dying Princess Diana

A  documentary that shows a graphic photograph of a dying Princess Diana— a film that contends there was a coverup about her death — is coming to the Cannes Film Festival in a cloud of controversy.

Unlawful Killing, directed by British actor and filmmaker Keith Allen (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting) includes paparazzi photos that were banned in Britain. They show a close-up of the dying princess after her car crashed in a Paris underpass in 1997.

The film, which says the there were suspicious circumstances surrounding Diana's death, was funded by businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed, father of Dodi Fayed, Diana's partner, who also died in the crash. Al-Fayad is to arrive in Cannes in time for the premiere of the movie on Friday, May 13.

In a statement, Allen said: "Screening this film in Cannes for the world's media will be both exhilarating and terrifying for me." He called the movie an inquest of the inquest into Diana's death and said it is being shown here because British lawyers demanded 87 cuts before a release in the U.K. Instead, it is being released in France and then in the U.S., with worldwide distribution possible.

A trailer for the movie on the website says Diana wrote a letter to a friend in 1993 alleging, "My husband is planning 'an accident' in my car."