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Tuesday, 8 August, 2000, 12:45 GMT 13:45 UK
'Diana' video makes its debut
The video on screen
The film was screened in Princes Street Gardens
A video starring a Princess Diana lookalike - which proved too controversial for London has had an encore after its first screening in Edinburgh.

The short film by Alison Jackson was beamed onto a 22ft high screen in Princes Street Gardens on Monday night as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

It shows a Princess Diana lookalike eating chocolate and crossing and uncrossing her legs in a repeat of a scene made famous by Sharon Stone in the movie Basic Instinct.

And it ends with a one-fingered gesture from the performer.

The actress eats chocolate
A screening in London was shelved
The film was shown again on Tuesday lunchtime as part of a video art programme.

The video had been due to make its public debut in London's Leicester Square outside the nightclub Home, but that plan was withdrawn following a storm of controversy.

However, Paul Blyth, who runs the Global Multimedia Interface and is also a director of the Edinburgh Festival Review showcase, gave the film its first public airing.

Mr Blyth said he did not think the video was offensive.

'Piece of art'

"Initially I did not think that the Diana video would cause any problem.

"We showed it to Edinburgh City Council and they were perfectly happy with us screening it.

"Had this been someone else in the video there would be no problem. The fact of the matter is that the person looks like Diana and that's the only issue," he said.

Mr Blyth added: "I believe that this video is a piece of art which should not be censored."

Holocaust work

The video is part of the Polstar vodka art programme put together by Alexander de Cadenet, the brother of television presenter Amanda.

The event also features a work by Jake and Dinos Chapman on the Holocaust, which includes a sculpture of two heads melting.

The three-week Edinburgh Festival Fringe kicked off on Sunday and will feature 1,350 companies and individuals giving nearly 17,000 performances in 177 venues throughout the city.

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