Tomorrow, The Interview will be seeing nationwide theatrical release in the United Kingdom, after it was previously cancelled in all regions. Apparently, it found its way onto file-sharing websites, and widespread digital release meant that a wider audience could see a movie that, until recently, was effectively banned from screening. Eventually, Sony decided to screen the film in other countries, including the UK (though we won’t get it in the form of a digital release).
Of course, let’s not forget the whole point. We’re talking about a film that we’re probably lucky even gets screened at all. In a time where we were so quick to kowtow to threats of intimidation, many theatre chains refused to show the film, and thus, Sony was pressured to cancel it. The fact that we now actually can see it being screened is proof that creative expression cannot be threatened by any form of intimidation from foreign powers.
I could debate the quality of the film, but due to schedule conflicts, I probably won’t see it yet. Besides, whether or not it’s of good or bad quality, all films should be granted the same rights, and by releasing the film here in the UK, I think Sony has essentially lived up to that, and have done their part in protecting creative expression in film.
I have a feeling that it won’t just stop there. Soon enough, we’ll probably see other artists facing intimidation by foreign terrorists (which has already happened twice in the past six months alone), and they’ll probably face up to the challenge of preserving their art, with an eagerly watching world behind them. Should that happen, I hope that future artists of any kind will continue preserving freedom of creative expression in a world that seemed to be ignoring it in an overlong waltz of post-9/11 paranoia.
Unless I actually go and see The Interview, this will be the last time I even mention it on this site.