Thursday, 7 August 2014


If Lee Daniels' sensationalistic style isn't your cup of tea, look away now. He's just signed on to direct a story about the ordeal of 16-year-old footballer Brian Banks, who was falsely accused of rape by a fellow student. The African-American young man served ten years' punishment in total and was forced to register as a sex offender, for a crime which he was only acquitted for after his accuser admitted the truth on camera, after he had served his time. Normally, I'd not be one to support a story about a false rape accusation undergoing dramatisation - it's undoubtedly a horrendous thing to suffer, but only once society has come fully through a process of taking rape claims seriously is it a safe environment in which to release stories like this. However, I'd definitely be up for a film that harshly criticises the system of legal measures taken against sex offenders, which is deeply flawed both here in the UK and in the US, where Brian Banks' story took place.