Thank you for this article and thank you Penny Lane for speaking out. That took guts.
I come at this from a very different angle. I am the parent of an autistic child. I've spent the last 10 years watching the damage Wakefield and his message cause my community. I have found that one has to fact check pretty much every claim he makes. And that he almost always fails fact checking.
The core of this new film centers around a CDC researcher named William Thompson. Wakefield has made a number of false claims as well as wild accusations (for example, that an African American civil rights pioneer decided to run a new Tuskegee experiment). So when he released his trailer, I started checking.
That phone exchange he shows at the start never happened. He makes it seem like that was the first call between Hooker and Thompson. Not only is that not true, but the recording you hear of Thompson is actually spliced from two different parts of a conversation and in context have a very different meaning than Wakefield leads his viewers to believe. Bigtree follows telling us all that Thompson says that the CDC knows that vaccines cause autism based on the information they found in the study in question. Thompson has made only two public statements, but in one he clearly states that the study doesn't not show a true association. This type of study can't show causation. So basically Wakefield and Bigtree are using Thompson (who did not agree to participate in the film) as a sock puppet, misrepresenting what he has said.
I am not a film maker, but that's not a documentary. Any more than the famous mock up of GM trucks exploding was a documentary.http://articles.latimes.com/1993-02-10/news/mn-1335_1_gm-pickup
I wrote this discussion of the trailer herehttp://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/2016/03/22/andrew-wakefield-releases-th...
Including screenshots of the phone call transcripts to show that (a) the recording of Thompson was spliced and (B) taken out of context to suggest a different meaning than Thompson intended.
The transcripts of the phone calls were published as an eBook by one of Wakefield's followers.