Brokeback director slams Bill C-10

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VANCOUVER - The federal governments already critically-panned Bill C-10 took another hit Saturday when Oscar-winning director Ang Lee took shots at the legislation during a visit to Vancouver.

VANCOUVER - The federal governments already critically-panned Bill C-10 took another hit Saturday when Oscar-winning director Ang Lee took shots at the legislation during a visit to Vancouver.

People should be free to say anything, said the self-effacing director in a meeting with the local filmmaking community.

Films shouldnt be treated like propaganda and filmmakers shouldnt be treated like salesmen for the local tourism industry, he added. That is too low. I think they should know better than that.

Lee, who directed 2005s Brokeback Mountain, said in a brief interview later that Bill C-10, which would deny tax money to filmmakers whose content does not reflect Canadian values, is like censorship and that filmmakers should fight against it.

His comments on the federal legislation were just a brief snippet in a wide-ranging discussion that provided a rare glimpse into the heart of a celebrated filmmaker.

Lee and Vancouver city councillor B.C. Lee were once film students together in Taiwan where they became friends. When the city councillor learned that the filmmaker was coming to town on a personal visit, he asked him to meet with local filmmakers. Mayor Sam Sullivan and B.C. Lee shared the stage with the Taiwanese film maker.

Speaking in a quiet voice throughout, Ang Lee was skeptical of some of the new technologies that allow scenes to be created digitally rather than using real scenes and real actors. I dont believe in electronic dots, he said.

He also expressed dismay at the attention spans of American audiences.

Lee, though, didnt mince words when talking about the shortcomings of cinema in his native Taiwan and in Asia generally.



Geographic location: VANCOUVER, Taiwan, Asia

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