Bundoran film maker attacks Hollywood star Robert Redford
By paddy Clancy
Hollywood-based Bundoran woman Ann McElhinney and husband Phelim McAleer have launched a scathing attack on Robert Redford in a two minute film they have released on You Tube.
The married couple, who campaign against climate-change costs which force the poor to lose work, have made a short online film slamming Robert Redford who once played The Sundance Kid.
They claim their film, entitled ‘Robert Redford - Hypocrite', brands the actor as "a supreme celebrity hypocrite."
The film by Anne and Phelim, who is from Omagh, claims that environmentalist Redford is against an eco-village near his vineyard in California's Napa Valley even though he is also selling $2 million lots in his Sundance Preserve for luxury vacation homes.
The film portrays Redford as one of the main opponents of a plan by the Pacific Union College to build an eco-village in Angwin, California. The college says it needs the funds because of a dire financial situation.
The village is close to Redford's vineyard in the Napa Valley so he has launched a campaign against it, according to McElhinney's film.
The film directed by the couple is not criticizing Redford for selling his property. Anne said: "We think it is great that in a recession Mr Redford can find so many buyers. It is good to know that the houses will be built, creating jobs and vitality in a remote area but it is sad that Redford would deny others similar opportunities to make a profit and create jobs."
Her husband said: "This is just another example of environmental elites telling the rest of us how and where we must live and what we are not allowed to do, but thinking that those rules don't apply to themselves. Robert Redford has shown himself to be a hypocrite - plain and simple."
The couple, former newspaper and television reporters in Dublin and central Europe, moved to Hollywood last year to start their own movie-making business after Ms McElhinney's RTE tv documentary exposed an Irishman's links to baby-trafficking in Indonesia.
They also produced "Mine Your Own Business", a documentary which exposed environmental campaigners as frauds who block progress and much-needed jobs from impoverished villages.
Their Redford film is on YouTube and on their website www.noteviljustwrong.com