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Keith Allen vs. Westboro Baptist Church



Keith Allen is something of an entertainment Renaissance man. The Welsh-born artist has occupied pretty much every creative field imaginable, from acting and songwriting to writing and film-making.

In 2007, he was in his documentary television mode, making videos for the U.K.'s Channel 4, when he became interested in the Westboro Baptist Church (the "God Hates Fags/America/Sweden/etc." people). He traveled across the pond to Topeka to confront the Phelps clan in their compound.  ---

The resulting documentary is imperfect, but it's fascinating and quirky -- Allen starts out with a sarcastic detachment, but by the end of the video, he has become argumentative and emotionally involved with his subject. It's a one-hour program divided into five parts -- but it's a great watch: