Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Michael Moore wants mother of dead soldier in next movie

Controversial documentary maker will visit Rose Gentle’s home in Glasgow

MURDO MACLEOD AND BEN MCCONVILLE

THE scourge of American neo-Conservatives is to visit a Scottish council house in the latest phase of his campaign to vilify the most powerful man on earth.

US film-maker Michael Moore, whose anti-President Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 polarised opinion across the globe, is to film part of his follow-up in Glasgow, where he will interview the mother of a Scots soldier killed in Iraq.

Rose Gentle, the mother of Gordon Gentle, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Basra in June, has been approached by Moore’s team and agreed to be interviewed for Fahrenheit 9/11 1/2.

Gentle has emerged as one of the most trenchant critics of the Iraq war since the death of her 19-year-old son, who served with the Royal Highland Fusiliers.

She told Scotland on Sunday that she had been contacted by a US-based associate of Moore, who had asked her to tell the director about her details and the story of her son, ahead of Moore coming to Scotland to speak to her.

Gentle, who lives with her husband in their terraced council home in Pollok where her only son grew up, said she had been surprised by the approach from the world-famous film-maker.

She said: "It was a bit of a shock, actually. Michael Moore asked [an assistant called] Dante to ask me to send a letter through e-mail to him explaining about Gordon and everything."I can’t believe I have been in touch with Michael Moore. Now we’re just waiting to hear about dates and arrangements."We don’t know when exactly the filming will take place. Some time next year, is the plan so far. We’ll know about dates after Christmas and the New Year."

Gentle added that she had been extremely impressed by Moore’s controversial film on Bush and the September 11 tragedy, which sparked huge international controversy.

She said: "I watched his film and the truth was out in that film. So if people watched that film they would know the truth. I have been showing it around Pollok."

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