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Is it too soon to make a movie about flight MH370?

May 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Opinion

WELLINGTONIANS aren’t likely to be queuing for tickets to any movie about the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, MH370.

The airliner, with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, disappeared without trace 10 weeks ago over the South China Sea.

The disappearance remains a mystery and the multi-national search effort has now been abandoned.

Indian film director Rupesh Paul is currently in Cannes, seeking funding for a movie about the flight which will be called Vanishing Act.

He’s adamant he won’t be cashing in on the tragedy, saying “People do not want a documentary, they want a thriller.”

The film is due for release in September.

On the streets of Wellington however, there is no appetite for a movie about MH370 yet.

74% of the 40 people questioned thought it was too soon.

Here’s a selection of what they said:

Bruce Johnston Police officer“It’s inconsiderate to the families and to the people who don’t know what’s happening.”

Bruce Johnston, 57, Kapiti [RIGHT]



Amy Howard

“It’s a really good idea because it gives people information of what happened. It’s  a really unusual case. I’d watch it.”

Amy Howard,21, Roseneath. [LEFT]




Charlotte wearing sunglasses“It’s too soon. It’s not resolved. It’s too raw.”

Charlotte, 38, Brooklyn [RIGHT]




Alex Heardman

“No I don’t think it’s too soon to make it, but the sooner you make it, the more sensitive you have to be about it.”

Alex Heardman, 33, Te Aro [LEFT]





Paul Bolton“They’ve not found the plane, so there’s no closure for the families. A bit insensitive.”

Paul Bolton, 32, England. [RIGHT]




“It’s never too early to make a movie. They made one about 9/11.”

Daley, 28, Kilbirnie. [LEFT]




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