Keith Wiltshire (VIC) writes to Liberty Victoria re the 2010 Voltaire Award to MIFF for its stand against Ken Loach’s boycott 14Jul10 July 19, 2010

Dear Mr Pearce and Committee Members,

2010 Voltaire Award

I am unable to attend the 2010 Voltaire Award dinner, but wish to express an interest in Liberty Victoria’s presentation of the award on members’ behalf to the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) for – in part – its

. . . courageous stand last year against . . . the filmmaker Ken Loach . . by refusing to bow to the demand of Ken Loach that it reject a modest financial contribution from the Israeli Government . . . and [thereby] risked retaliation by powerful interests.

Most members in attendance will know little of the context of this matter beyond news reports at the time and the emailed announcement to members (17 May 2010) which included the President’s statements quoted above. In the true spirit of Voltaire will the citation delivered at the dinner include

  • a reading of the critical exchange of letters between Mr Loach and Mr Richard Moore (copies enclosed), being the primary record of Mr Loach’s “demand”, Mr Moore’s “refusal”, and Mr Loach’s response?
  • a reading of Mr Moore’s reported statement (The Age, 28 May 2010) that he has refused to offer a slot to Loach’s new film, the Iraq War drama Route Irish in this year’s festival, and (quote): “I won’t be going to see his film and if it plays in Melbourne, it won’t be in MIFF”?

If not, why not?

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