David Wilkinson is extremely experienced as a film director, producer and distributor, with his company Guerilla Films. His experience and ambition for the film will ensure it reaches as wide an audience as possible, throughout the process of production and distribution.
David Wilkinson entered the entertainment industry in 1970, playing the title role in a West End production of The Winslow Boy. During the following 10 years, he performed in over 40 theatre, TV and film productions, including the title part in Ian McEwan’s initial drama for the screen, Jack Flea’s Birthday Celebration, for the BBC directed by Mike Newell; Alan Strang in Equus for which he won an acting award; Stu Sutcliffe, the 5th Beatle, in Richard Marquand’s film Birth of the Beatles.
He became the first true independent producer to work with the BBC in 1982 when we pioneered the Reverse Drama Co-Production for a film of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, starring Kenneth Branagh, which was nominated for a BAFTA award. He also offered Anthony Hopkins his first chance to be a director for the screen with Dylan Thomas: Return Journey.
Since 1998, apart from Alex Gibney’s Zero Days, he has distributed only British & Irish films in the cinema, on DVD, etc. throughout the UK and Ireland, specialising in supporting the difficult or uncommercial ones that no one else has wanted. No other film distributor has ever made such a commitment to British films. Although this was not financially rewarding, it was creatively satisfying; and, had he not released these films, most of them would never have been seen in the UK.
Getting Away with Murder(s) is his third feature-length cinema documentary as a director and presenter, and his ninth feature-length documentary as a producer.
Making this film is my way of seeking answers and the truth.
It is outrageous that the vast majority of those who carried out the Holocaust murders were never prosecuted, and for the loved ones of those murdered, it must have left a hole, a want of care, a seeming lack of humanity and fellow-feeling, an abandonment of due process, the completely unacceptable absence of Justice.
I am raising the money to make this film privately for two reasons.
The first is that this film is unashamedly biased, as I believe that it was outrageous that so little was done to prosecute the tens of thousands of people who carried out the murder of millions of innocent men, women, children and infants on an industrial scale. I do not care who I upset in finding out why this was allowed to happen. In today’s media, one is constantly being told to put both sides of the argument and put forward the bigger picture. In this particular instance, I have no intention of doing this.
Secondly, with television, which is how most feature documentaries are funded, many seem to demand homogenised times – 60 minutes or 90 minutes – if you are making it with their money (a documentary we are associated with had this problem). With the acquisition of a film, broadcasters often screen longer films, especially if that film has had a prominent profile from the cinema release. As this project addresses the greatest miscarriage of justice in the history of mankind, it must be told properly and thoroughly. Two of the best faultless films made about the Holocaust Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah documentary is 566 minutes long and Steven Spielberg’s drama Schindler’s List is 195 minutes. Getting Away With Murder(s) will ultimately be whatever the answer to its fundamental question requires it to be.