Controversial anti-vaccine film set for 'secret' screening in Scotland

A controversial documentary that questions the safety of vaccinations featuring discredited physician Dr Andrew Wakefield is set for a “secret” screening in Edinburgh this weekend.

The movie Vaxxed II: The People’s Truth is the second of two films relying on research by Wakefield, who was struck off the UK medical register in 2010 for offences relating to dishonesty and failing to act in the best interests of vulnerable child patients.

He triggered anxiety among parents over his suggestion in a paper published in the Lancet medical journal of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

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The Scotsman uncovered the plans to screen the film at the Pleasance on Saturday between 2pm and 5pm. People wanting to see it had to send a direct message to one of the organisers’ Facebook accounts with their email and were then sent a link to the Eventbrite ticketing website.

The movie Vaxxed II: The Peoples Truth is the second of two films relying on research by Wakefield, who was struck off the UK medical register in 2010. Picture: Contributed

However, the Edinburgh University Students Association confirmed they had no record of a booking for any event related to a screening of the film.

Last month, campaigner Emma Dalmayne, who has five autistic children, was verbally abused as she protested at a London screening of the film.

The 43-year-old has received death and rape threats after calling for youngsters to receive the MMR jab.

She said: “My thoughts are that whoever it is that is giving this film a platform is helping spread harmful misinformation. It’s a scientifically unproven film.

The People's Truth Eventbrite page.

“What they do is they book the venue – they don’t say what it is that they’re showing until it’s too late. Wakefield is discredited, he’s not allowed to practise in the UK as a doctor at all. He’s over in America and they love him over there because he feeds the conspiracy theory of ‘Big Pharma wouldn’t let me practise anymore because I proved the truth about the MMR’.

“I defintely think the film shouldn’t be shown.”

The Liberal Democrats’ health spokesman, Alex Cole- Hamilton, said: “Pseudo-scientists who latch on to discredited scientific research and evangelise for others to do the same are a grave and serious problem.

“It is incumbent that we push back against those who risk people’s lives by claiming otherwise.”

Picture: Contributed

One of the organisers said: This film doesn’t question the safety of inoculations but does give voice to families with vaccine-injured children.

“Why don’t people want to hear from them?”