UK newspaper The Guardian has reported that UK distributor Tartan Films is filing
a lawsuit against Revolution Films, the makers of recent Cannes film Nine Songs. According to
the UK daily, Tartan is suing for 2 million pounds "of lost profits" after Revolution pulled the film from Tartan in
order to seek a new distributor. Songs, which was directed by Revolution partner Michael Winterbottom
(24 Hour Party People, Wonderland) reportedly contains un-simulated cunnilingus and fellatio as well
as ejaculation, is likely to face a battle to receive an '18' rating in the UK. In an unusual turn of events, filmmaker
Winterbottom has reportedly agreed to make the required cuts and according to Variety, this angered
Hamish McAlpine, Tartan's chairman, who has often battled the censors. McAlpine, one of Britain's
leading distributors, is famous for among other things, a very public row with American filmmaker Larry
Clark (Kids) at the 2002 London Film Festival.
Isn't it the distributor who usually angers the director by insisting on cuts?