Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 Planned Film a “Fictitious Mockery,’ Says Sister of Kiwi Passenger

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By Anne Lu | May 27, 2014 12:08 PM EST

The planned Malaysia Airline flight MH370 film is a “fictitious mockery,” according to the sister of a Kiwi onboard. “The Vanishing Act” was screened at the Cannes Film Festival just after two months the plane has disappeared.

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The shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion maritime search aircraft can be seen on low-level clouds as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 March 31, 2014.

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Even with international aid, the mystery of the flight’s disappearance is still nowhere near resolved. However, that didn’t stop filmmaker Rupesh Paul from making a film about it.

In fact, he even rushed creating a trailer for the film “The Vanishing Act.”

“I was seeing the festival calendars and I could not miss Cannes,” Paul told the Associated Press, referring to his showing of his film’s trailer at the film festival. “And so I told my team to make a trailer immediately.”

Upon arriving at the festival, though, he was bombarded with questions about the timing of his film.

“These things came in to my thoughts only after I came here,” he said. “From the very first interview I was only asked about this fact that we did not even think of much when we were pitching this in India. Nobody asked this question in India actually. When we came to Europe this was the only question I faced.”

The filmmaker insisted that “nobody will be hurt (by) this movie.”

“This trailer was not even meant to get released on the Internet online,” he continued. “It was meant to show some investors and producers that the movie will be dramatic and thrilling. Somehow it got released, we had to give it to many people, it got out of my hands. And there is no love triangle in this movie at all and there is no romance in this movie.”

He plans a September release of the film.

Paul Weeks from New Zealand was one of the 239 passengers and crew of the missing flight in March. His sister, Sara Weeks, is lashing out at the director for the insensitive timing of the film.

“I have to say I’ve never been more upset or angry in my life, it’s just an absolute fictitious mockery of what’s happened,” she told Seven Sharp.

“The man (Rupesh Paul) states the film will respect the passengers and crew of the flight and I don’t see that at all. I don’t find it respects anyone I think it’s deeply insensitive, heartless, cruel even, and having watched that trailer, I certainly will not watch it.”

Sara also hit out at the book “Flight MH370: The Mystery,” which speculates the conspiracy theories on the disappearance of MH370, by Nigel Cawthorne.

“I’ve got a wee piece out of it, and excerpt from it where he writes ‘did they die painlessly unaware of their fate or did they die in terror in a flaming wreck, crashing from the sky in the hands of a madman’ ...I don’t see that is helpful in anyway and again is fictitious.”

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The shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion maritime search aircraft can be seen on low-level clouds as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 March 31, 2014.
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