Shattered Glass

Movie Review: Shattered Glass, by Greg Tingle

`Shattered Glass' explores the life, lies and times of a young, ambitious writer / editor, Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen), who got caught up more with fiction, rather than fact.

For those familiar with the journalism profession, we know it wasn't the first time, nor will it be the last, when lies, fabrications and "sexed up" accounts of events, don't get in the way of a good story - in this case for the respected political magazine, The New Republic.

Many of us know of things that happen in business, that shouldn't , but "the news" and "respected" magazines should be trusted sources right? Apparently, not always!

America, and indeed the world are still not over the Jayson Blair (New York Times) plagiarism sandal and the interesting marking system that was employed at Newcastle University, Australia, both of which reached a crescendo last year. Heck, even this writer, and others in his own lecture room encountered stealing of ideas and stories at the local TAFE college, not only by newspapers, but by teachers no less!

Media Man Australia's, experience has shown that it is indeed most unwise to trust everything you read in the newspapers, in fact, to take it further, it is unwise to believe much of what you hear, even from "respected" news sources! From "current affairs" programs, to "product placement" masquerading as "news", the evidence is everywhere. It wouldn't be surprising to hear that this very movie adds to the further decline of world newspaper sales, and it won't just be the online news sector that hurts them.

Speaking of online, that's what sees Glass become unstuck. The first real danger to Stephen Glass' seemingly impeccable record is when Adam Penenberg (Steve Zahn), who as a writer for Forbes Digital Tool, does some all important follow up and fact checking. Penenberg's work results in not a trace of any of Glass's "talent" even existing. When he calls TNR, his query hits the desk of Charles Lane (Peter Sarsgaard), the magazine's new editor. This is where the real big story begins.

Are journalists and newspaper writers perfect? No, and they are not expected to be. Could they do better? This movie answers the question.

Even the toughest critics will appreciate the powerful performances and production values that this move projects.

It's one of those movies that words can't do justice to even though 'Shattered Glass' is about the literary world, and those opinionated types who work in it.

If you have ever wondered what working for a newspaper could be like, or what is real news, and what "is just a little hard to believe" (if the tabloids still have you guessing), this is just the movie for you. Journalists and editors will relate to this film better than most, however the mainstream appeal is there for those that enjoy to read between the lines, or is that, to read between the lies!

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Cast: Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Melanie Lynskey, Hank Azaria, Rosario Dawson
Director: Billy Ray
Producers: Craig Baumgarten, Marc Butan, Tove Christensen, Gaye Hirsch, Adam Merims
Screenplay: Billy Ray, based on the article by H.G. Bissinger
Cinematography: Mandy Walker
Music: Mychael Danna
U.S. Distributor: Lions Gate Films



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