Klein Disowns ‘Shock’ Film
Posted on Aug 28, 2009
A recent squabble between “The Shock Doctrine” author Naomi Klein and the director who is adapting her book into a documentary film has led Klein to ask that her name be taken off the credits. Conflict reportedly arose over the form of the documentary, and the director’s use of narration rather than interviews as the key storytelling device.
Naomi Klein has disowned Michael Winterbottom’s forthcoming screen adaptation of her bestselling book, The Shock Doctrine, by asking to be removed from the credits of the documentary after serious differences arose between her and the British director.
The Canadian journalist, activist and author of No Logo had originally been slated to narrate the film and act as a consultant.
But it is thought Klein became unhappy with Winterbottom’s take on her critique of “disaster capitalism” and western economic cynicism after seeing early cuts of the film. She is understood to have felt the documentary – which accuses the US and other countries of exploiting natural and man-made catastrophes in developing countries to push through free-market reforms from which they stand to gain – would have benefited from more interviews and less narration.