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Gun documentary hits the target with writers' guild



Review: Jack Foley

Bowling for Columbine, the hard-hitting documentary about US gun control by Michael Moore, has been named as best original screenplay in the Writers’ Guild of America awards, marking the first time a documentary has won the accolade.

Guild members praised the film for being "highly innovative" and claimed that members appreciated Moore’s "clever, humorous and personal storytelling", claiming it was a "tribute to his vision and the power of the subject matter".

The film takes the form of an essay on America’s obsession with firearms and was told in the wake of the Columbine School massacre. It sought to expose the hypocrisy which surrounds much of the country’s gun culture and featured an eye-opening interview with Charlton Heston, one of the pro-gun lobby’s biggest supporters.

The film, which has taken $18m (£11.2m), has made more money than any other documentary in US history and edged out bigger budget movies, Gangs of New York and Far From Heaven, as well as audience favourite, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Denzel Washington’s directorial debut, Antwone Fisher.

Moore said he was "shocked and honoured" to have been chosen.

In the best adapted screenplay category, the guild went for David Hare's The Hours, making it the clear favourite to win at the Oscars. It beat the likes of Chicago, About Schmidt, Adaptation and About A Boy.

The Writers’ Guild of America represents writers in the movie, TV and new media worlds.

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