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Altitude have announced the 23 October UK and Irish release of TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL, the new documentary by Academy Award® winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM), exposing the Trump administration’s disastrous response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the US election just around the corner, Gibney, with co-directors Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger look at the US response compared with South Korea and how they handled the virus.  On January 20th, 2020 both countries discovered their first cases of COVID-19.  Since then, however, the novel Coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 212,000 Americans, while only claiming 427 lives in South Korea.

Secretly filmed in lockdown, using hard investigative reporting, Gibney, Harutyunyan and Hillinger obtained damning testimonies from public health officials and senior White House Staff, exposing a system-wide collapse caused by a profound dereliction of Presidential leadership.

Alex Gibney said: “With an extraordinary team of collaborators, I was compelled to mount this production when I saw the scale of incompetence and political corruption by the Trump Administration in the face of a global pandemic.  Now we know that by Feb. 7, Trump knew that COVID was, in his words, “a deadly virus.”  But instead of working to protect the American people by containing the virus, the current administration was willfully blind to the growing contagion (“it’s like a miracle; it will disappear,” said Trump) in hopes that voters wouldn’t notice any problems until after the 2020 election. While the current administration tries to frame the situation as an unavoidable crisis, it is really closer to a crime of negligence.  Weirdly enough, I don’t see this as a political film; it’s a film about incompetence and corruption that is totally out of control.”

It will be a generation before we know the full extent of the damage wrought by this pandemic, but TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL will stand as the definitive account of the Trump’s administration’s incompetence and denial in the face of this global pandemic.

TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL was written by Alex Gibney and produced and directed by Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger. The film was edited by Lindy Jankura and Alex Keipper, cinematography by Ben Bloodwell and music by Peter Nashel.


Please see the UK trailer links below:

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcCKU2dyaaw

Download MP4 version: http://bit.ly/TotallyUnderControlTrailer

UK Poster HERE



Running Time: 123mins Certificate: TBC

For further information, screenings and interview requests contact TEAM PR publicists below: 

Emma McCorkell 07947 299 950 / emccorkell@teampr.co.uk

Cheryl Mayer 07790 429 735 / cmayer@teampr.co.uk

For Altitude contact Mark Jones, Head of Publicity, Altitude, markjones@altitudefilment.com


Altitude Media Group is the independent UK based studio led by Will Clarke chairman and joint-CEO with Andy Mayson, comprising of Altitude Film Production, Altitude Film Sales with Managing Director Mike Runagall, Altitude Film Distribution with Managing Director Hamish Moseley and Altitude Factual with Managing Director Paul Sowerbutts.  In February 2020 US based investment group 30WEST took a significant minority stake in the group.

Since launching in 2013 Altitude Film Distribution have proudly supported talented filmmakers and given their films the dynamic and bold releases they deserve.

To date Altitude have championed over 100 films, ranging from the Academy and BAFTA award winning Moonlight, 20 Feet From Stardom, Amy, I Am Not Your Negro and through to critically acclaimed The Florida Project, Lady Macbeth, Beast, The Rider, Whitney and more.

Altitude’s recent releases include the acclaimed Rocks, Ladj Ly’s Academy-Award nominated Les Misérables, A Private War starring Rosamund Pike, and Brian Welsh’s Beats.  Altitude also partnered with the WWF on the global event release of David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, which became the widest ever released documentary in the UK and Ireland on 28 September 2020.

Forthcoming releases include Totally Under Control directed by Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger, definitive Lennox Lewis documentary Lennox: The Untold Story, Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan from director Julien Temple, Chasing Chaplin from BAFTA nominees Peter Middleton and James Spinney, Tina Turner from Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, Quentin Dupieux’s Mandibles, TIFF award-winning Night of the Kings from Philippe Lacôte, and Ari Folman’s Where Is Anne Frank?

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