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Princess Diana murder doc slammed in Cannes

By Sean O’Connell Keith Allen’s documentary “Unlawful Killing” had generated ripples of controversy heading into this year’s Cannes Film Festival for the stance it took regarding Princess Diana’s death (and a letter she wrote prior to the crash detailing how her death might happen).

Now that it has screened in Cannes, those ripples are turning into waves.

The Daily Mail, reviewing Allen’s doc, dismissed it as “unlawfully dull,” and said the picture, which is funded in part by Dodi Fayed’s father, comes off as “the ramblings of a sour old man who misses his son.”

The picture accuses the Royals of plotting Diana’s murder, going to far as to decribe them as “gangsters in tiaras.”

Sasha Stone of Awards Daily attended the Cannes screening and Tweeted shortly after, “It was so unintentionally funny it could have been a Christopher Guest movie.”

That’s a good line aimed at what sounds like a not-so-good movie. I’m still looking for positive reactions to the film. If you see any, please let us know.

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