[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 June, 2004, 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK
McDonalds fights off film attack
Burgers being prepared in McDonalds
McDonalds fears the film could damage its reputation
The Australian arm of fast food giant McDonalds has started an advertising blitz to counter criticism of its products in a hit documentary film.

"Seen that movie?" shouts the firm's website, as part of an ad campaign that offers to separate "fact from fiction".

The documentary, Super Size Me, depicts the descent into ill health of a man who attempts to eat nothing but McDonalds food for an entire month.

Upon its release, it broke box office records for a documentary in Australia.

'Dismayed customers'

The film charts director Morgan Spurlock's experiment in eating nothing but fast food for four weeks.

As the month progresses, he puts on weight and develops depression, palpitations and sugar cravings.

It broke box office records for a documentary on the weekend that it was released in Australia.

Having initially tried to ignore the film, McDonalds then decided to attack it, according to a spokeswoman.

"Our customers were dismayed and shocked that we had not responded and took it as some sort of admission of guilt," Christine Mullins told the French news agency, AFP.

First fight back

The company is countering Super Size Me with a two-week ad campaign being screened on television and in cinemas.

The ads and the McDonalds website feature Guy Russo, the firm's Australian chief, accusing film-maker Morgan Spurlock of distorting the facts.

He says Spurlock ate as much McDonalds food in 30 days as nutritionists say should be eaten in eight years.

"Surprise, surprise, he finds it was an error, I could have told him that," says Mr Russo.

Ms Mullins said it was the first attempt by any national arm of McDonalds to hit back at the film.

Documentaries turn up cinema heat
23 May 04  |  Entertainment
McDonald's? Or a trendy wine bar?
19 May 04  |  Magazine
McDonald's enjoys its salad days
28 Apr 04  |  Business
McDonald's: The journey to health
20 Apr 04  |  Business

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific