Conflict of interest: why Hollywood failed to honestly address the ‘war on terror’
Twenty years on, cinema is littered with failed attempts at helping people understand the aftermath of 9/11, from American Sniper to W
In November 2001, George W Bush’s White House met studio bosses to discuss how the entertainment industry could help in the “war on terror”. Twenty years on, Hollywood’s role in portraying the conflict remains unclear. Cinema ought to have been central to how we perceived the aftermath of 9/11 but, in retrospect, the bad films outweigh the good.