Rupert MurdochAs someone who's been a larger-than-life empire-builder and a household name for decades on three continents, Rupert Murdoch has, surprisingly, never been the central character in a movie. Maybe studios and screenwriters have avoided telling his life story out of reverence -- or fear. That may change now that his media conglomerate's British phone-hacking scandal has made him vulnerable. The dramatic events of the past week, of which the Murdoch family's shuttering of the 168-year-old tabloid News of the World now seems only the end of the saga's first act, seems too irresistible not to inspire some future big-screen cautionary tale.

If the makers of such a film are looking for precedents on how to depict Murdoch, they won't find many. Documentaries aside, the only major feature film in which he is a character is the 2002 Australian docudrama 'Black and White.' That film, about a real-life 1950s murder case, features Ben Mendelsohn in a supporting role as the young Murdoch, taking a position few modern-day Murdoch observers might recognize: as a muckraking crusader defending the rights of a minority defendant against a white-dominated justice system.
Black and White
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