Director Kathryn Bigelow And Screenwriter Mark Boal Fire Back at Zero Dark Thirty Critics

Kathryn Bigelow And Mark Boal Defiantly Defend ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Over Torture Row

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal have responded to accusations that their film Zero Dark Thirty, which traces the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, endorsed torture by including scenes of waterboarding and other abuses.

The pair addressed the issue as Zero Dark Thirty triumphed at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards held last night at the Crimson Club in Manhattan.

Winning NYFCC’s top trio of awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography, following its limited release on December 19 the film has received not only accolades but criticism from politicians and media voices, notably Naomi Wolf who compared Bigelow with Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl, The Guardian reports.

Last week, Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman, Dianne Feinstein, and former Republican US presidential candidate John McCain, suggested Bigelow and Boal endorsed the use of torture by depicting “enhanced interrogations” of CIA detainees as playing a role in producing a breakthrough during the hunt for bin Laden.

The committee has now launched a probe to investigate whether Bigelow and Boal were granted “inappropriate access” to classified CIA material and whether or not CIA contacts intentionally misled them, said Reuters.

Last night, Bigelow and Boal said they stood by their work and offered a defiant response to their critics.

Director Kathryn Bigleow And Screenwriter Mark Boal