George Galloway to turn to Kickstarter to fund Anti-Tony-Blair film

George Galloway

Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

George Galloway is to follow in the footsteps of Charlie Kaufman, Spike Lee and Zach Braff by turning to Kickstarter to realise his film-making ambitions.

Galloway is teaming up with documentary-maker Greg Ward to make The Killing of Tony Blair, which, according to Ward, “will bring together many of the things George has been fighting for during his long political career”. In Ward’s words, The Killing of Tony Blair “details how Blair killed the Labour Party, killed hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq and how he made ‘a killing’ out of doing both”.

Ward and Galloway met while the former was making a film about the English Defence League, entitled Far Right, Far Wrong, and the pair aim to raise £50,000 through the crowdfunding site.

Galloway, currently the Respect MP for Bradford West, was expelled from the Labour party in 2003 after clashing with the leadership over the Iraq war. In a 2012 interview with GQ magazine he argued that Blair’s assassination would be “logical and explicable”.

Kickstarter has become an increasingly popular method of raising money for films outside traditional financing channels, with Spike Lee being the latest high-profile figure to set up a project there. Galloway’s mooted documentary is not yet live, but donors of £2000 will apparently be treated to a “working lunch” with the MP.

[Source: Andrew Pulver @ The Guardian UK]

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