The fake documentary is an incredibly powerful way of exploring possible futures, but it poses a very different set of challenges to making a real documentary or straight drama. --Gabriel Range, director
"Death of a President" in the style of a retrospective documentary allegedly looks at the effect the assassination of Bush has on America in light of his War on Terror. Set around October 2007, President Bush is assassinated as he leaves the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago.
According to the Standard's report, which bears no by-line, the 90-minute feature explores who could have planned the murder, with a Syrian-born man wrongly put in the frame.
It quotes Peter Dale, head of More4, as saying that the drama due to air on October 9, 2006 is a "thought-provoking critique" of contemporary U.S. society. Further quotes of Dale include:
"It's an extraordinarily gripping and powerful piece of work, a drama constructed like a documentary that looks back at the assassination of George Bush as the starting point for a very gripping detective story.
It's a pointed political examination of what the War on Terror did to the American body politic.
I'm sure that there will be people who will be upset by it but when you watch it you realise what a sophisticated piece of work it is.
It's not sensationalist, or simplistic but a very thought-provoking, powerful drama. I hope people will see that the intention behind it is good."
While one reader in a forum that followed the article suggested that the concept was "thought-provoking," he agreed with the consensus of opinion that the intent of the movie was "just plain sick."
The film will premier at the Toronto Film Festival in September and was written and directed by Gabriel Range who also directed the much acclaimed movie, The Man Who Broke Britain, the story of how a devastating terrorist strike wipes out much of the Saudi oil production coupled with how the schemes of a British day trader for a UK investment bank causes an economic collapse for both Britain and the U.S.