Friends proud of amateur film on Snowden's HK stay
HONG KONG (AP) - It was shot in single takes with amateur actors, hobbyist directors and about US$650 (S$821) - mainly to pay for a room in the same Hong Kong hotel that briefly housed Edward Snowden.
But the short YouTube film some bill as the first movie about the National Security Agency leaker is a source of pride for the friends who made it, even as they acknowledge its limitations.
"Verax" gained much popularity at first, having been released just two days after Snowden left Hong Kong for Moscow, where he remains, but praise of the film has given way to criticism, with many viewers berating the four directors for amateur work and bad casting.
The five-minute film is filled with Hong Kong scenery and melodramatic music and stars Andrew Cromeek, an American school teacher in Hong Kong with an uncanny resemblance to Snowden.