10 items from 2012
★★★☆☆ Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) worked to bring the incessant ramblings of conspiracy theorists to the forefront of both the political and media mainstream, with its fast-paced, highly charged, wholly fresh brand of documentary. Following in hot pursuit was Robert Kenner's 2008 effort Food Inc. which encouraged a new generation of Americans to ask more questions about their country's powerful conglomerate organisations. Now, Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten's new film Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2011) is the documentary that seems to have finally scared the big-wigs and fat cats into actually fighting back.
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- CineVue UK
Director: Fredrik Gertten
Running time: 90 minutes
First off, if you’re reading this expecting a review of a porno, prepare to be disappointed. (Although why you’d want to read a review of that kind of thing is beyond me. Weirdo.)
In 2009, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten and his small team of production staff made the documentary Bananas!*, a film about a legal conflict between the Dole Food Company and banana plantation workers in Nicaragua. The battle was over the alleged use of a toxic pesticide, that cause sterility in the workers, along with other nasty side effects.
Despite not actually seeing the film themselves, Dole got all pissy about it, and launched a fully fledged attack on Gertten, slapping him with threats and lawsuits left right and centre. This film documents what happened, and the fight that Gertten and his team found themselves in, not only for their livelihood, but for their integrity. »
- Kate Valentine
To compliment the release of Fredrik Gertten’s documentary Big Boys Gone Bananas! on DVD from Dogwoof, we’ve got two copies to giveaway!
Big Boys Gone Bananas! is not exactly a sequel but a companion piece to Gertten’s previous film Bananas!, the story of 12 Nicaraguan banana plantation workers who sued Dole Foods over their use of potentially harmful chemicals. Selected to screen at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Gertten receives a message that the film has been pulled by the organisers from competition. Next is a damning article in the Los Angeles Business Journal and then a letter from Dole’s lawyers threatening legal action. What follows is not a courtroom drama, but a deft examination of Dole’s explicit tactics and also their subversive media schemes not only to have the film banned but to blacken the reputation of everyone involved in the film.
Gertten meticulously captures »
- Dan Bullock
Dole Foods are the villain in this gripping – at times positively Orwellian – documentary
Targeted by the corporate lawyers from a global food conglomerate, Swedish director Fredrik Gertten adopts a brilliant judo defence: recording the entire process in the course of this gripping – at times positively Orwellian – documentary. Dole Foods are duly cast as the villains of the piece, aided and abetted by dodgy PR firms, internet astroturfers and a supine Us media content to run the company's press releases as fact. Gertten's film deftly lifts the lid on the black ops of 21st-century "brand management". Dole comes out smelling of ordure.
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- Xan Brooks
★★★☆☆ Amongst the skyless summits of capitalist bureaucracy flutters creativity that no company can overturn. Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2011), Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten's follow-up to Gertten's heinously underplayed Bananas!* (2009), documents the process of refusing to lie down and be trampled over by dirty money, dirty smear campaigns and some of the dirtiest men ever to regard themselves as humans.
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- CineVue UK
Title: Big Boys Gone Bananas!* Director: Fredrik Gertten In 2009, Swedish documentary filmmaker Fredrik Gertten’s “Bananas!*” was just one of more than a dozen nonfiction competition entries in the Los Angeles Film Festival — the story of a (successful) lawsuit that a dozen Nicaraguan plantation workers had brought against the Dole Corporation, alleging sterility and other health problems brought about by continued and knowing exposure to illegal pesticides. But the movie itself became a story when, in the weeks leading up to its festival premiere, Dole started flexing its corporate might, and tossed out a steady stream of lawsuit threats left and right if the movie was shown in its present form – owing [ Read More ] »
Whilst it may sound like the male counterpart to ‘College Girls Gone Wild’ and such the like, Big Boys Gone Bananas! is the latest documentary from filmmaker Fredrick Gertten. The new film documents the fallout from his previous film, Bananas!, and the corporate pressure Gertten found himself under. Described as ‘every bit a corporate thriller as any Hollywood fiction film, Big Boys Gone Bananas will premiere at the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival and is set for UK release 21st September.
Check out the trailer and official press release below!
Big Boys Gone Bananas! is not exactly a sequel but a companion piece to
Gertten’s previous film Bananas!, the story of 12 Nicaraguan banana
plantation workers who sued Dole Foods over their use of potentially
harmful chemicals. Selected to screen at the Los Angeles Film Festival,
Gertten receives a message that the film has been pulled by the organisers
from competition. »
- Tom Fordy
Big Boys Gone Bananas!
Directed by Fredrik Gertten
Not so long ago in a country not so far, far away…
A Swedish journalist publishes a fiery polemic against a large, multi-national corporation. In response, said corporation successfully alleges fraud, effectively burying his work and blacklisting him from various media and journalistic syndications. To try and clear his name, the journalist embarks on a crusade against his own crusade, hoping to regain his own credibility, while trying to discredit the claims of his accusers.
Director Fredrik Gertten
In 2009, Gertten, a Swedish filmmaker, made a documentary called Bananas!. The film, which has nothing to do with Woody Allen’s 1971 comedy of the same name, was about the Dole Food Company’s use of dangerous pesticides in Nicaragua, »
- Justin Li
Trailer roundups can grow to be rather unwieldy and slow to load, so I'm rounding up trailers for films screening at this year's Sundance Film Festival in two batches, the competitions and all the other programs.
Us Dramatic Competition
Ira Sachs's Keep the Lights On
Ava DuVernay's Middle of Nowhere
Us Documentary Competition
Sam Pollard's Slavery by Another Name
World Cinema Dramatic Competition
The trailer for Keiichi Kobayashi's About the Pink Sky is here.
Babis Makridis's L
Armando Bó's The Last Elvis (El Ultimo Elvis)
David Trueba's Madrid, 1987
Andrés Wood's Violeta Went to Heaven
And the trailer for »
Back in 2009, Indiewire reported on the controversy surrounding Swedish filmmakers Fredrik Gertten and Margarete Jangård, who were embroiled in a legal battle to save their documentary "Bananas!*" after their subject, the Dole Food Company, threatened to sue. The original film recounts the lawsuit that 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers successfully brought against Dole. It was selected to compete at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, but was removed from the Documentary Competition once Dole took action (it screened as a case study instead). In "Big Boys Gone Bananas!*" (World Documentary competition), Gerrten takes the offensive and gets personal by documenting everything that went down when Dole got involved. What it's about: "First we made a film about banana workers claiming Dole Food Co. made them sterile," Gertten told Indiewire. "Dole attacked/sued the filmmakers. Time for a new film! Mostly, it's a personal story about what »
10 items from 2012
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