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On Wednesday 23 July, news first broke, on a well-known Madeleine McCann discussion forum, that a new film had been made about Madeleine McCann. The film had been made by Richard D. Hall, who describes himself as a ‘researcher’, and runs the project known as ‘RichPlanet’.
The purpose of this article is to inform anyone who is interested in what really happened to Madeleine McCann about the film and its maker.
Richard D Hall is a graduate of Newcastle University, his home town. He developed an interest in unidentified flying objects – both terrestrial and possibly extra-terrestrial - and began writing and then broadcasting on the subject. He later set up RichPlanet to publicise his views, produced films and DVDs on this and other subjects of interest, and began developing his own TV channel on SKY.
Since those early days, he has focused more and more on the extent to which the mainstream media select what news to report, thus, he says, ‘subverting society’.
Information about the film that he has made about Madeleine McCann makes it abundantly clear that he does not support the official version of the McCanns, and supported by the mainstream media, that Madeleine was abducted.
Here is what Richard has said about his own film:
NOTE : THE FILM WILL BE RELEASED ON 1ST AUGUST 2014. WE ARE TAKING PRE ORDERS NOW, YOUR FILM WILL BE DISPATCHED ON 1ST AUGUST 2014
Filmed in 2014, DVD PAL 16:9: Region Free - by Richard D. Hall
A 4-Part DVD Film: Running time: over 4 hours
The Madeleine McCann disappearance has become one of the most enduring mysteries of our time. It has generated thousands of front page headlines in the UK press. Despite the unprecedented coverage, few people have any detailed understanding of the circumstantial and physical evidence of the case. The mainstream media has been used to create diversion and confusion over what really happened, rather than inform their readers about the facts.
The first film in this series, entitled ‘The Initial Storm’, examines, in a level of detail never described before in any TV documentary, the evidence of the first night when Madeleine is alleged to have disappeared. The second film, ‘Dogs Don’t Lie’, reports on the compelling findings of one of the world’s top sniffer dog handlers, Martin Grime, whose two dogs searched for scent at key locations in Praia Da Luz. The third film exposes the so called private investigations instigated by the McCanns, details of which have never been aired on TV before. In the fourth film, we reveal evidence and detailed testimony about the government agencies who were claiming to be searching for Madeleine or helping the McCanns - but was this really their agenda?
Our four documentaries represent the most detailed film-based analysis of the Madeleine McCann story, leaving the viewer with an understanding of the comprehensive establishment-led cover up, and offer suggestions as to what all the evidence really points to.
In reply to a question from Portuguese Madeleine McCann researcher and translator, Joana Morais, Hall explained on his Facebook page:
“The film is an attempt to bring to the public’s attention the facts that are not being covered in the mainstream media. This is not an attempt to make money out of the story. All RichPlanet films are available to watch for free on the site once they have been released or aired on TV. RichPlanet covers a lot on mainstream media manipulation. The media coverage of this case, especially in the UK, is nothing short of ridiculous. Hopefully the film will cause people to question what is happening and what might have actually happened, rather than just assume Madeline was abducted and that we are now just looking for the culprit”.
If Hall’s own blurb left anyone in doubt, his answer to Joana Morais surely removes any doubt that this will be by far the longest and most comprehensive film to cover the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from a point of view sceptical of the McCanns’ claims that Madeleine was abducted.
Another indication of what is in these films comes from a list of references on the Madeleine McCann case that he provides on his website at this link:
There are 22 links given altogether, here are all of them:
Useful links related to Madeleine McCann recommended by RichPlanet:
1. The McCann files, (probably the best source of information on the case)
2. The McCann files - Portuguese Police reports
3. The Truth of the Lie blogspot (Goncalo Amaral’s book in English)
4. Pamalam’s site - a collection of Gerry McCanns' blogs, latest news & PJ files
5. Joana Morais – Film-maker & journalist bringing us up to date news from Portugal
6. What happened to Madeleine McCann - a series well researched articles
7. The Daily Profiler - Pat Brown, U.S Criminal Profiler
8. The Complete Mystery of Madeleine McCann - discussion forum
9. Missing Madeleine - discussion forum
10. The Madeleine Foundation (new site is under construction)
11. NHS: McCanns abuse of power – BlogSpot
12. Goncalo Amaral
13. Hasta que se sepa la Verdad
14. Free e-book by Michael McLean
15. Truth for Madeleine BlogSpot
16. Dogs don't lie BlogSpot
17. Eddie and Keela's BlogSpot
18. Hi-De-Ho - You Tube
19. The truth of the lie - English Narration
20. The Madeleine McCann Research Group videos
21. Wilyboo's video channel
22. Another one for Justice - video channel
From information received so far about his recent series of talks, it appears that Richard shows 15 to 20 minutes of clips from his Madeleine films, and then shows more clips later on and during the interval. His series of talks were as follows:
24 July - Stirling
25 July - Newcastle
28 July - Derby
29 July - Leeds
30 July - Grimsby
31 July - Liverpool
2 August - Margate
3 August - Cricklewood, London
5 August - Merthyr Tydfil
6 August – Stithians, Cornwall
7 August – Weston-super-Mare.
The only previous film or documentary to take such a sceptical view of gthe McCanns’ claims, made by a Portuguese TV company in 2008, and based on the controversial book, ‘The Truth of the Lie’ by the former investigation co-ordinator, Dr Goncalo Amaral, is currently the subject of a long-running libel case in Portugal. The McCanns sued both the TV company and Dr Amaral for 1.2 million euros damages (about £1 million). It attracted a record audience of 2¼ million viewers in Portugal.
So what has been the reaction to Richard’s film so far?
We’ve received these reports from blog supporters.
From Mrs K.R, Kent
“We attended Richard D Hall's presentation on Saturday. The hall was full, a fair number attended, maybe 80 or so. Beforehand, we had arranged to meet with another couple from a Madeleine McCann forum we belong to.
Although the first half was billed to be about Madeleine, the actual time spent talking about her was about 15 minutes.
However, at the 45-minute interval, some of the DVD set that Richard Hall has put together was shown. From what I saw, I was impressed, and was left in no doubt that Richard doubts the abduction theory and sets out, from what I viewed, to show exactly why.
There were photos taken from PJ investigation, a video showing the dogs’ alerts with Martin Grime describing the significance of their alerts and a lot more.
The DVDs are 'forensic' from what I've been told, based on facts. I have purchased a set (cost me £15 on the night, they're £20 by mail order) and look forward to being able to see them in their entirety.
Although somewhat disappointed there wasn't more in first half related to Madeleine, I do believe the DVDs will more than compensate and be an important tool for showing facts.
Excellent that someone else has the guts to show facts rather than fiction”.
From Mr D.S., Weybridge, Surrey
“I had never heard Richard Hall speak before, in fact I knew nothing about Richplanet until I first heard about his Madeleine McCann films two weeks ago.
I am not believer in UFOs so was doubtful about the likely quality of his films. The room was packed; over 110 people. The venue was nice, the Crown Moran Hotel in Cricklewood. The age range was all ages from teenage to elderly.
As Richard began his talk, it was clear that he has a following. People were eager to hear him, and he held his audience completely.
He said he began researching the Madeleine McCann case in 2011. He referred to his work on the case at talks in Edinburgh and Kilmarnock in 2012 and encountered some resistance to his ‘anti-McCann’ stance. So he decided to research it further and make a film about it, going out to Praia da Luz in March this year to do some on-location filming.
He began by making the point that everyone knew who Madeleine was and was interested in her like no other current subject. The doors of the room were open on to the corridors and hall, and Richard’s voice, miked-up, could be clearly heard in the hall. Staff told him at the interval that customers had stopped their chatter and eavesdropped to hear what he was saying about Madeleine.
He then boldly said that ‘the mainstream media have ‘lied and lied’ about Madeleine’, said that ‘whole parts of the story have never been covered’ and proceeded to show a sequence with Martin Grime speaking to camera. He said that for making this film, some had had dubbed him a ‘money-making crackpot’. He denied this, said the £15 charge for the DVD was to cover costs, and that he would be making it available to view for free at a later date. The shady private investigators who were jailed after working for the McCanns got a mention, as did ‘money laundering expert Gary Hagland’. ‘How would a money laundering expert help to find Madeleine?’, he asked. Clarence Mitchell got a big mention as ‘Blair’s top media spinner’.
After the solemnity of the Madeleine material, Richard brought the house down in hysterical laughter with a hilarious clip of Labour leader Ed Miliband being interviewed. He was asked about a forthcoming strike, and robotically answered with some quotes about ‘how people should get around the negotiating table’. The interviewer then asked him four different questions, and each time Miliband virtually repeated the same robotic phrases five time in a row. Very very funny.
Another segment of Richard’s presentation was a look generally at how the main media ‘subvert society’. On his TV show he asked viewers to send in their suggestions for which TV programmes ranked in their minds as ‘the most subversive’. News bulletins and soaps were named by many. One surprise mention was Peppa Pig. One of Richard’s viewers noted that Peppa’s father was portrayed a complete idiot whilst Peppa herself hated nature and books and was very materialistic. It sent ‘subliminal messages’, said Richard.
After the interval, Richard began a detailed talk on the ‘USAF TR-3B’, a kind of ‘unidentified flying object’, allegedly a U.S. ‘stealth anti-gravity aircraft’ according to some, but a ‘hoax’ according to Wikipedia. I left mid-way through this.
I left after buying the videos, and have watched them. I doubt if anyone who really seeks the truth would he disappointed; it is all there, changes of story, contradictions, dogs, the McCanns’ desperate reactions to the dogs, the worst of Metodo 3, Halligen and the other dodgy detectives, with a lot of pictures I’d never seen before, and in the final DVD, Mitchell, Blair, Brown, Control Risks, MI5 and MI6 and of course Murat given a good airing, with footage inside the grounds of the Eveleighs’ villas and inside the Palmeras Golf Club. I’m sure a professional TV or film company with a million pounds or so could have done much better, but as things stand, this is going to be as good as it gets if you want a near 5-hour run-down on all the nasty things the media have been covering up”.
From Mrs W.J. Bannockburn
“Richard Hall does excellent work out there and it was great to have him here in my home town of Bannockburn last Thursday. Your blog is excellent also, I did not actually buy the video as I’m a pensioner, but the bit that I saw about the dogs was quite shocking, how the McCanns haven’t been charged yet I do not know. Richard’s films are always well-researched and I have no doubt he has exposed a lot of the secrets we all know are buried in this case”.