Magazine article Screen International

Controversial 'Vaxxed' Documentary Grosses $28K in US Debut

Magazine article Screen International

Controversial 'Vaxxed' Documentary Grosses $28K in US Debut

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Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe by Andrew Wakefield, which among other things discusses a causal link between the MMR vaccine and autism and an alleged cover-up by a US medical organisation, grossed $28,339 over three days at New York's Angelika Film Center.

Tribeca Film Festival top brass pulled the film from the line-up last week when co-founder Robert De Niro, who has a child with autism, consulted colleagues and members of the scientific community and determined the film did not adequately contribute to the ongoing discussion about autism.

In an open letter to Filmmaker magazine, director Penny Lane called Wakefield a "discredited and dangerous anti-vaccination quack."

Wakefield, who published research into an alleged link between the vaccine and autism, lost his license in the UK and a number of his co-authors subsequently withdrew their names from the paper.

However Cinema Libre spokesperson Beth Portello said the film had been unfairly represented and added that the distributor had received numerous letters in support from parents of so-called "vaccine-injured children."

Wakefield's film also features whistleblower William Thompson from the US-based Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, who claims the organisation hid its 2004 study that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. …

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