Update on my Oscar’s Fail post
It seems that Elinor Burkett and Roger Ross Williams were involved in a lawsuit over creative differences concerning the film. The suit was settled and she removed herself from the project over a year ago. Here’s excerpts from an interview with both parties in Salon.com:
BURKETT: He won’t talk to me! This whole week, there have been events thrown by the International Documentary Association, and he hasn’t passed any of the invitations on to me.The movie was my idea. I live in Zimbabwe. Roger had never even heard of Zimbabwe before I told him about this. And you know, I felt my role in this has been denigrated again and again, and it wasn’t going to happen this time.
WILLIAMS: …. The truth is that she saw the band perform [in Zimbabwe], and told me about that, and then I opened up a dialogue with the [King George VI School & Centre for Children with Physical Disabilities] school and went on my own – which you would’ve heard about in my speech — and spent $6,000 going to Africa shooting myself. And when people expressed interest in the film, I asked her to come on board. And then I regretted that decision. Then she sued.
I have a feeling another lawsuit is around the corner. Personally, I think the Oscars would have been much more entertaining if they would have just revealed all this in the acceptance speech!
In case you missed it, here’s the awkward moment.