UPDATED February 12, 6.55pm. See postscript in FULL STORY.
Tomorrow is a day of remembering. It is the anniversary date of the apology by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the Stolen Generations. Marking the occasion in Alice Springs is another screening of Pilger’s Utopia. The organisers no doubt believe that Pilger’s film is a model document of remembering, but brief examination of a section of the film specifically about remembering history shows just how misleading his approach to this important process can be, writes KIERAN FINNANE. Pictured: Aboriginal prisoners on Rottnest Island in 1893 (crop).
John Pilger's recently-released film Utopia cannot rightly be called 'documentary' or 'journalism' if those words are still to have any standards attached to them. It does not ask questions, other than ones Pilger thinks he knows the answers to and to which he can lead his interviewee. It does not seek out or fairly treat a single dissenting point of view. It does not recognise complexity. It has all the irksome smugness – and the sing-song voice to boot – of a man in a pulpit who is quite sure of being right, writes KIERAN FINNANE.