Creators reinsert defamatory scenes
The creators of an unauthorized comedy centered around fugitive Oz tycoon Christopher Skase are looking to get the last laugh — and maybe several more — as they re-edit their pic in the wake of the mogul’s death Aug. 6.
In Australia, dead men can’t sue and they can’t be called to account for the collapse of a business empire. So Matthew George, helmer of “Let’s Get Skase,” has reinstated several scenes previously deemed defamatory or in contempt of pending court proceedings.
“Once he died, the (threat of) litigation dissolved and we were able to tell the whole story,” George says.
The comedy, about an attempt to kidnap Skase, was shot earlier this year, and its creators hope to tap public interest in the disgraced businessman wanted for fraud Down Under.
The revamped pic will be released in Australia via Roadshow on Oct. 18.