The Straits Times
Published on Nov 02, 2012

First bin Laden film premieres just in time for US vote


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Timing is everything in show business, but the director of the first movie about the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden doubts its television premiere on Sunday will swing the United States (US) election.

Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden raised eyebrows when it was announced last month that it would screen for the first time on the National Geographic cable channel just two days before America votes.

Fueling the buzz was the fact that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a prominent fundraiser for President Barack Obama, is the distributor and one of the executive producers of the 90-minute action thriller.

In an interview on Thursday, director John Stockwell shrugged off suggestions that his film is some kind of prime-time Obama propaganda tool to sway voters less than 48 hours before polls open.