Speaker - Jane Bussmann

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Jane Bussmann is an award-winning British comedy writer and author who has written for South Park, the Emmy-winning Smack The Pony, The Fast Show and legendary satire show Brass Eye (Bussmann was 'Named and Shamed' in the News of the World newspaper as one of the writers behind the most complained-about program in British television history). She has worked on over fifty shows and developed pilots for NBC, HBO, the BBC, ITV, Granada and Channel4 among others. Her comedy show Bussmann's Holiday was a four-star hit at the Edinburgh Festival with a subsequent sold-out London run at the Soho Theatre, going on to play in New York, Sydney and the Comedy Store (Los Angeles). The show tells the unlikely story of how Bussmann grew so fed up with interviewing celebrities in Hollywood that she decided to try her hand at a nobler journalistic foray. She came up with a plan to go to Uganda to investigate someone she Googled as 'the most evil man in the world', Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony, wanted on charges of rape, murder and the kidnapping of ‘somewhere between’ 12-64,000 children. This is a lie. Jane went to Uganda to impress John Prendergast, a very attractive American peace activist. When she arrived, for reasons too irritating to go into here, Jane was forced to actually investigate Kony. She set out with no commission other than a travel feature. "A travel feature for the Mail on Sunday, Britain's somewhat politically right-of-centre family newspaper, inaugural headline, BLACK PEOPLE - WHOSE FAULT ARE THEY? What I really wanted was to write a serious piece about 20,000 kidnapped children and a peacemaker, and the only way I could achieve this in Britain's current media climate was by sending Mail on Sunday readers on holiday to a war zone. A war zone full of black people.' The resulting show shone new light on an appalling war crime. Bussmann's Holiday became the book The Worst Date Ever. Jane is currently adapting it as a screenplay for Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim producers Big Talk with Slumdog Millionaire producers Film4.

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Hollywood, War Crimes and the Search for Love

04.30.10 | 00:57:28 min | 2 comments