Well, it's not like feminist icon Germaine Greer would be the first person who was angry about their big screen representation. Judging by Greer's comments in the U.K. newspaper The Guardian, it proves that after all these years, she hasn't lost her ability to talk tough. The center of the scuffle is the film version of Richard Neville's memoir, Hippie Hippie Shake. The book recounts his time as editor and regular contributor of the counter-culture publication Oz Magazine, a magazine that ran from 1963 to 1973. She originally declined to participate in Neville's book, which was first published back in 2005, and now she seems to be equally unhappy with the film adaptation. Greer wrote in her piece to The Guardian, "You used to have to die before assorted hacks started munching your remains and modelling a new version of you out of their own excreta." Taking it a step further, she goes on to take a shot at Neville, saying he was "one of the least talented people on the London scene in the 60's" -- ouch.

The film is being directed by Beeban Kidron (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason) and was adapted by Billy Elliot scribe Lee Hall. Back in May, Monika confirmed that Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy had signed on for lead roles. Playing Greer in the film is model-turned-actress Emily Booth, and in talking about the film Greer doesn't let Booth off the hook either, saying that the actress should get "an honest job." Shooting for Hippie Hippie Shake is set to start this September, and in the end, Greer might have ended up giving the film a little free publicity -- I'll admit I'm now curious to see what all the fuss is about.
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