Email Published With Permission
Jason, September 9, 2009

On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 9:14 AM, House of Numbers wrote:

This is an enquiry e‐mail via

from: Jason <e‐mail address confidential>

Hello.  I attended a recent screening and wanted to say how much I enjoyed the film.  It’s interesting to read some of the bizarre reviews that have been posted on internet blogs and discussion boards.  It seems as though some people were watching a completely different film than the one I saw.  House of Numbers did not take a denialist position, as some had claimed, and it treated the subject matter with extremely delicate hands.  I really don’t understand where all the outrage is coming from to be honest.
Apparently the director had been accused of taking a few people out of context but I’m not sure how that’s possible since the most telling soundbites were uninterrupted by the editor.  I think it more likely that some of the scientists interviewed in the film were simply embarrassed by their candid statements, perhaps not realizing the film would actually be seen by an audience.  I could be wrong, but it sure seemed that way.  It would be more intellectually honest, in my opinion, if they had just honed up to some of things they espoused and not tried to backpedal just because their statements appear funny to an audience when juxtaposed.  A film needs to be entertaining after all!  I watch several documentaries per week and House of Numbers is one of the best I’ve seen.
Do you know what Leung will do next?  I’m anxious to see more from him.  Thanks for your time!