Screening of HBO’s ‘Phil Spector’ film picketed by friends of Lana Clarkson

Dramatisation stars Al Pacino as the imprisoned record producer

Friends of Lana Clarkson, the actress killed by record producer Phil Spector, protested outside a screening of HBO’s dramatisation of the event on Thursday (March 14).

Clarkson was found dead in 2003 inside Spector’s Alhambra mansion. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 2009, and subsequently sentenced to 19 years to life in prison. One of the protesters was Clarkson’s former publicist Edward Lozzi, who told The Hollywood Reporter the group initially hoped to stop the film from being made but, since filming had gone ahead, they had refocused their efforts on ensuring the Al Pacino-starring TV movie receives no Emmy nominations.

He said: “To see that this film was going to be made was a slap in the face. We were so happy Phil Spector was in prison,” adding that there are around 50 core members of the protest group Friends Of Lana Clarkson. Lozzi and two other men stood outside the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art holding signs reading: “HBO’s ‘Phil Spector’ murders the truth. No Emmy for the film that hurts people alive today.”

As well as starring Pacino, the true-crime biopic, written by David Mamet, also stars Helen Mirren as defence attorney Linda Kenney Baden. Lozzi, who says he has seen the film, the narrative focuses too strongly on Spector’s defence and the suggestion that he is, in fact, innocent, with Clarkson taking her own life. In an interview with the Financial Times in 2011, Mamet said: “Whether he did it or not, we’ll never know, but if he’d just been a regular citizen, they never would have indicted him.”