This week the entertainment world and politics mesh as the story of whistleblower Edward Snowden expands. Monday, The Independent announced that a low budget amateur film has beaten the professional filmmakers to the punch, by producing a five minute short video on the Snowden scandal. Tuesday Hollywood Reporter announced that “The Good Wife” producers view the story of Snowden as a “gift” they plan to use in future episodes.
Earlier this year, Snowden revealed to journalist the scope of the governmental spy program that invaded the privacy of citizens’ private messages; the story rocked the nation. It is the dream story to provide Hollywood with material for spy movies and legal dramas. Robert King of “The Good Wife” described the story as a “gift.”
Edward Snowden updates are heating up a bit faster than Hollywood can keep up with and it will be interesting watch “The Good Wife” plot lines develop this year as they incorporate both the Snowden spying scandal and Anthony Wiener Twitter/sexting scandal into the fourth season episodes. Independent filmmakers may be giving Hollywood a run for the money on this front, as evidenced by the success of the short Hong Kong video production, “[ v e r a x ] : Edward Snowden / 斯諾登 – Short Film.”
Meanwhile, rumors that Snowden has become a Russian citizen are simply a Google mistakes as it has been declared by Russia that Snowden does not qualify for fast track citizenship. Snowden’s father has “absolutely no faith” that he would be given a fair trial.
Truthout.org is claiming that Snowden would be tortured if he returned to the USA, despite promises by this administration to Russia that no torture would be used to gain information from Snowden. Tuesday news also reveals that Russia claims that it learned “nothing new” by the Snowden leaks. There is plenty of fodder for additional short dramas to be made.
The five minute short produced by amateurs’ with only $650 bucks is receiving a bit of notoriety as it is hard to visualize Snowden’s controversial actions being condensed into a five minute film. The film as viewed on YouTube is a decent production by independent and amateur Hong Kong filmmakers and has generated far more YouTube buzz than the interviews of Snowden or the political expert commentaries.
Whatever happens to Snowden in the future, this story is not going away soon and is perhaps one of the most important and hottest spy stories of the decade, we are sure that Hollywood is going to have many references to Snowden in the future. It seems Snowden did not just crystallize to Americans the depth of the illegal governmental actions, but also gave a gift to Hollywood that should last for several years to come.