Chris Morris Pulled No Punches With Four Lions
Satirical genius Chris Morris has said that the people funding his new film Four Lions understood that he wasn’t trying to make any trouble.
The comedy about four English Muslim Men from the north of England who plan a terror attack premiered at Sundance last weekend.
Speaking to Film4, Morris said, “Considering how much it’s influencing the world at the moment, people know incredibly little about this subject.
“When it came to funding, a lot of people were unable to think beyond their jumpy gut reaction. The people who ended up funding the film were those who could spot the difference between what we were doing and the desire to cause trouble.”
It’s not really surprising that potential financiers would be nervous, Morris’s brilliant satire Brass Eye drew the second most complaints ever in 1991; Four Lions is likely to be just as edgy.
Morris’s backers were eventually those who could see the funny side,
“They could see the film was not racist, was not attacking a culture, but may just be suggesting that killing people is not a good idea.
“So we made no concessions. Anyone who wanted to ‘change the ending’ got very short shrift.”
Morris has described the feature as one which shows the “Dad’s Army side to terrorism”.
We can’t wait.