Tuesday, August 25, 1998 Published at 13:50 GMT 14:50 UK
Primary Colors premiered
Primary Colors tale of sleaze and cover up
BBC Arts Correspondent Nick Higham attended the UK premiere of Primary Colors and caught up with two of the film's stars:
Primary Colors' tale of sleaze and cover up mirrors the real Clinton struggle to handle Gennifer Flowers' claims before his election about their relationship. Monica Lewinsky has made it more timely than ever.
At the UK première in Edinburgh, two of the British stars, Adrian Lester, who is the young political campaigner, and Emma Thompson as the Hilary Clinton figure, desperately trying to keep her man on the straight and narrow, were there.
Making the film gave them both an insight into the political process.
"If, as I suspect, this interview will be used, it will be used in four second bites. Now that's what happens in politics - now that's all right if it is an actress selling a movie but it is not all right if it is a politician selling a policy that is going to affect thousands of people's lives."
Primary Colors is convincing partly because it acknowledges not just the sleaze but the sheer fun of the political process and the idealism that somehow survives the cynicism.
With the Monica Lewinsky scandal gathering seemingly unstoppable momentum, the timing of Primary Colors' release in Britain couldn't be better, even if it is overshadowed by another wild Hollywood satire, Wag the Dog.
In that film, a fictional American president starts a foreign war to divert attention from an adulterous affair. Now that couldn't happen in reality, could it?.