With an audience of 2,2 million viewers, the documentary ‘Maddie – The Truth of the Lie’, that was broadcast by TVI on Monday, and based on Gonçalo Amaral’s book, was the leading programme of that day and the second most watched one of the year. To CM, the author explains that the film has exceeded expectations. “I’ve always felt that the people feel great anxiety and the need for justice to be made”, he says. “I hope that the Attorney General has watched the documentary and that this may be the document that was needed to reopen the process”, stresses the former Polícia Judiciária inspector who has accompanied the investigation.
In this production from Valentim de Carvalho Filmes, the most “difficult” was to “face the shroud of silence” that settled around the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. “From the English police to some witnesses who fear consequences, many people didn’t want to talk”, producer Manuel Fonseca reveals.
The 50-minute-long film, which between pre-production and final editing took three months to be concluded, and counted on a team of 20 persons, is, for the producer, “a market action” involving TVI, that bought the broadcast rights, and the Investment Fund for Cinema and Audiovisual.
“We’re going to sell the documentary on the international market and we already hold proposals from the majority of European countries”, the producer explained, citing Spain, France, Holland, Sweden and Poland.
In Manuel Fonseca’s opinion, ‘Maddie – The Truth of the Lie’ is a production “with very good acceptance”. “The theme and the quality it presents are compatible with the standards of the best European televisions.”
The little English girl’s disappearance in the Algarve, “a theme that marked the Portuguese society”, TVI’s merit, who knew how to “promote” the program and owns “a regular audience”, and the “clear manner” in which the documentary transmitted the former PJ inspector’s point of view, explain the success, according to Manuel Fonseca.
“I have no doubts that Maddie is dead”, says Gonçalo Amaral. “When I abandoned the investigation, I believed in an accidental death, but it’s still strange that, within an accident scenario, the parents were preoccupied to conceal what had happened. I hope to find Madeleine’s body some day.”
“It brings nothing new” (Clarence Mitchell, the McCann couple’s spokesperson)
Correio da Manhã – Are you aware of the documentary that was broadcast the day before yesterday by TVI, ‘Maddie – The Truth of the Lie’?
Clarence Mitchell – Yes, I’m aware of it. Gerry and Kate McCann, as well.
- Have you watched it?
- No, we haven’t. They won’t dignify to make any sort of comment about Mr Gonçalo Amaral’s actions, either.
- Are you going to take any measures?
- Not for now. They are focused on searching for their daughter and on collecting information about the case. I remind you that the second anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance is approaching. This kind of thing would only distract them from what really matters.
- Are the McCanns shocked about the broadcast of this documentary?
- Mr Gonçalo Amaral had already said this kind of things in his book, so it brings nothing new. Anyway, neither Gerry nor Kate will dignify to comment.
source: Correio da Manhã, 15.04.2009