POLISH PRESS AGENCY INTERVIEW - Sept 29, 2011
The following is a rough translation of the interview - via google docs with some corrections: Any corrections welcome:-)
"The story will be the death of Robert Dziekanski Docu-Drama told in the movie "TAZED", which is a reconstruction of events in 2007 at the airport in Vancouver. Filming is to begin next spring.
14 October 2007 Dziekanski died as a result of Taser use by police. Officers at the airport in Vancouver wanted to subdue him. As apparent from the record that one of the witnesses the events recorded at the airport, dean behaved quite rapidly. He had a long flight and dziesięciogodzinne expectation, because no one came to the right part of the airport. It can be seen in the video, however, that the Pole in no way threatened the police.
Film director and screenplay writer Laurence Keane said that the story of Dziekanski, a Polish immigrant, to whom the Vancouver airport waiting for his mother, touched many people throughout the world.
- What happened to Robert could happen to anyone and anything with that you had to do - he added. - But if someone didn’t happen to video the course of events, the whole matter would not be known - said Keane.
- When I started reading the materials of the investigation, I thought that this case can in no way be covered up. When I wrote the script, I was looking for the main axis of this story, in the end on the computer screen glued a piece of paper with the question - "Why did he die" - Keane said.
His opinion is important political aspect of the story of Robert Dziekanski. - In fact, this warning signal, the story of a dimension of caution. We live in a time after the attack on the World Trade Center, which caused almost paranoid response to the authorities when it comes to safety. You have to remember what Thomas Jefferson said (third president of the USA). He pointed out that one must be very careful when it comes to our freedoms that governments take us only so far as the freedom to let - he said.
- Scenario paradokumentalnego film "TAZED" is a reconstruction of events that led to the death of Dziekanski, with real actors playing the characters. It all starts with the death of Robert. 95 percent is based on real video conversations with people, is a very personal expression - Keane said.
- If it is not a TV movie. French director Jean-Luc Godard said that every film should have a story beginning, middle and end, but not necessarily in this order. And so the story goes. At the end you have to come to your own conclusions - what really happened and why, how it happened that he found himself in such a situation, what was the state of mind of Robert, what were the circumstances of this event, what has happened in relations with other people - said Keane.
Due to the trial of four policemen Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), who struck Dziekanski taser (start of the process is delayed a few months), the film has no interviews with the police. However, one interviewee is a police psychologist, who explains what may happen in the mind of a police officer in this situation.
Some of the photos had already been shot in June. in Poland, in Gliwice. Footage that shows the Dziekanski journey from Gliwice trip to the airport in Katowice is to be used in the film, by Polish photographer Sergei Sachno. (my correction - Film footage shot by Tad Nazar, Sergei took the photos of the film shoot)
The film may count for funding from the budget under the tax refund to be granted Canadian film production, investment by the Polish business communities in Canada. Interested investors will also be able to take shares in production, getting the right to future dividends. The producers also want to use the increasingly popular North American form of financing of film production with a small budget - that is crowd funding, collecting money from all involved the creation of the film, including through a special website."
Anna Lach, Polish Press Agency
POLISH PRESS AGENCY INTERVIEW - Sept 29, 2011
TORONTO STAR ARTICLE - March 3, 2010
Back to Film ‘Tazed’ to depict Robert Dziekanski story
Film ‘Tazed’ to depict Robert Dziekanski story
March 03, 2010
Lesley Ciarula Taylor
Robert Dziekanski was shot with Tasers five times by RCMP officers, 24 seconds after they encountered him.
THE CANADIAN PRESS
A Vancouver film company plans to start shooting in June for their $1.5 million movie on the life and death of Robert Dziekanski, the Polish immigrant who died after being Tasered at Vancouver Airport.
“As Canadian writers, we tend to shy away from really important stories,” said Laurence Keane, the director and writer of the film Tazed.
As a story consultant, Keane has read and analyzed Canadian movie scripts. “A lot of the stuff was entertaining and that’s fine, but they didn’t strike me as being very important.”
“As a real story” the death of Dziekanski on Oct. 14, 2007, “is far more fascinating than anything I could ever imagine.”
Dziekanski, who spoke no English, spent 12 hours wandering in confusion around the airport while his mother, Zofia Cisowski, waited outside and then returned home to Kamloops. He was shot with Tasers five times by RCMP officers 24 seconds after they encountered him, an incident filmed by passenger Paul Pritchard. A two-year inquiry harshly criticized the RCMP, including “considerable and significant discrepancies in the detail and accuracy of the recollection of the event.”
Tazed will take a “non-linear” approach to Dziekanski’s story, said producer Elvira Lount who, with Keane, runs Utopia Pictures.
“It will be a drama based totally on the public record,” said Lount. The only documentary footage will be Pritchard’s video. Cisowski has been “very supportive” of the project.
Telefilm Canada has already financed script drafts. Lount and Keane are hopeful they will also help fund the film, which will include a cast of about 50 actors.
“How could this happen in Canada? Why did it happen? That’s what intrigues me,” said Keane. “As I compiled information and wrote the script, I had a little sticky on my computer with the word, ‘why.’ Everything relates to that.”
Uptopia Films “tends to get involved in social issue films,” said Lount. The story of Robert Dziekanski is one that, “in a security conscious age, people think, “This could happen to me.’ It has a universal resonance.”
As well as Tazed and three other films in development, the company has four feature films in distribution.
GAZETA GAZETA - Film o Robercie Dziekańskim
CTV News - March 4, 2010
Movie 'Tazed' to examine life and death of Dziekanski
Updated: Fri. Mar. 5 2010 1:24 AM ET
The life and death of Robert Dziekanski will be the subject of a movie. The Polish immigrant died after being Tasered by police five times at Vancouver International Airport in 2007.
The movie, titled "Tazed," will be a drama based on public record. Video of the incident will also be included in the movie.
Local film company Utopia Pictures will begin shooting in June with a budget of $1.5 million.
The Dziekanski case was "more interesting than any story I could think up," director Laurence Keane told CTV News. The drama will be told by various witnesses, and will include the police version of events, testimony from an inquiry into the incident, and recollections of Dziekankski from his family and friends, according to a plot outline posted on Facebook. It will also include Dziekanski's "own experience of the whole incident as imagined by the screenwriter."
CTV News - March 4, 2010 - Polish Translation