Minimata, a film about Eugene Smith, has been 'buried' due to Johnny Depp scandal

johnny depp playing eugene smith in minamata
(Image credit: © 2019 Larry Horricks - IMDB)

In Johnny Depp’s latest film, Minimata, the Pirates of the Caribbean star takes on the role of W Eugene Smith – a famous American photojournalist who documented the effects of water poisoning on Japanese villagers in the Seventies. However, following the recent series of abuse accusations against Depp, film studio MGM has made the announcement that Minimata will not be released in the US.

The news comes as a massive blow not just to Depp, who feels "boycotted" by Hollywood, but to the other actors, director, producers, cinematographers and everyone else involved. Australian photojournalist Stephen Dupont has made his thoughts on MGM's decision to ban a US release very clear and has criticized MGM over censorship. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.