Monday, 7 July 2008

NOT: Daylight Robbery - What happened to the $23 billion?, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, Paddington W2 1QJ

This BBC Panorama film was a music-video style, graphics-heavy, "Youtube generation" doco about a serious matter - an estimated $23 billion lost, stolen or not properly accounted for in Iraq. I understand that the filmmakers were limited by their 1 hour slot and the wish to reach a younger, mass audience (rather than the traditional current affairs crowd) but I thought that it was just on the wrong side of news-lite. I would have liked more focus on fewer issues, a stronger thematic approach and letting the shocking facts speak for themselves. Some of the audience seemed to agree with me during the Q&A session with the reporter Jane Corbin and editor Peter Norrey.

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