When London Greenpeace handed out leaflets, saying "What's wrong with McDonald's," accusing the company of pernicious marketing and operation,
McDonald's answered by demanding the leaflets eliminated and an apology from Greenpeace. Two members of the group, Helen Steel and Dave Morris refused to back down, leading to the longest civil court case in British history. MCLIBEL follows the lawsuit and presents the evidence cited by Steel and
Morris. A film about the importance of freedom of speech and a reminder of how powerful multinational corporations have become.
Fanny Armstrong began working on her first documentary MCLIBEL in 1995. It was released in 1997, but was pulled by lawyers at BBC and then Channel 4. It went on to be broadcasted in 7 countries, and in 1997 Armstrong set up Spanner Films. In the following years she has directed three more documentaries: A RACIST FORCE (2000), BAKED ALASKA (2002) and DROWNED OUT; WE CAN'T WISH THEM AWAY (2002). The new MCLIBEL contains reconstructions of the courtroom drama directed by Ken Loach.