The Animals Film
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The Animals Film is a 1981 documentary film about the treatment of animals, directed by Victor Schonfeld and Myriam Alaux, and narrated by Julie Christie. The film explores in graphic detail the processes involved in the meat, dairy, and fur industries, and in animal testing, against the backdrop of a score by Robert Wyatt. Hayley Mills said that watching it was "like looking at the horror of Auschwitz and Dachau."
The film was broadcast by the British television station, Channel Four, during its third night on air in November 1982. It caused uproar at the time, in part because the channel broadcast the two-hour director's cut, rather than the 54-minute version approved by the British Board of Film Censors. The Independent Broadcasting Authority told the channel that the film "incited viewers to crime." Jonathan Porritt and David Winner write that, with over one million viewers, the screening is regarded as "an important moment in the growth of public awareness of animal exploitation." Channel Four screened it again during its Banned series in 1991.
- ^ Interview with Hayley Mills, Vegetarian Times, November 1985.
- ^ Hobson, Dorothy. Channel 4: the early years and the Jeremy Isaacs legacy, I.B.Tauris, 2008, p. 30.
- ^ Porritt and Winner 1988, cited in Garner, Robert. Animals, Politics, and Morality. Manchester University Press, 2004, p. 80.