Documentary Review – The Trust Fall

Documentary Review – The Trust Fall

The Trust Fall is a curious documentary.

On one hand, The Trust Fall, tries to put forward the case for Julian Assange’s innocence as the victim of aggressive and pernicious US policy of hounding him and going to extraordinary lengths to try and get him deported to the USA where he faces 175 years in prison if found guilty. This documentary catalogues the manipulation by the mass media to show the many partisan reports and concerted smear campaign that they allege had taken place.

However, the converse is that he is also painted as a peace maker by establishing wikileaks and revealing state secrets. It’s unequivocal that the footage chosen by the documentary makers of some of the US military operations in Iraq is shocking and deeply disturbing.  Was it right to have released this footage and classified intel to the world? But, the other, more pressing and unanswered question is who decides that? Is Julian Assange’s world view the correct one?

Trust Fall is successful in making you reflect about the news is reported and cherry picking of stories rather than delivering the actual news as is. Yet, Trust Fall doesn’t manage to deliver the emotional blows it clearly aimed to. The documentary starts off strong and then trails off into the verbalisation of, largely his dad’s but also other talking heads, collective inner monologues. It also needed to be more balanced. What it accuses the press of doing, this documentary has also done, cherry picked the depiction of what it believes to be the truth. No one is a saint and had it maybe given some air time to people who had dissenting views about Julian it would have been a richer and more devastatingly emotional documentary for it.

The Trust Fall was released in cinemas across the UK on 15 March.


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