Bringing his latest film, Snowden, to the 2016 Toronto Film Festival (TIFF2016) Oliver Stone took the chance to voice his opinions on the ongoing controversy.

The firebrand director spoke to the assembled press ahead of the screening of Snowden this evening, and talked of his concerns of the all-pervasive surveillance we encounter every day.

The film is based on the book The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and bringing Edward Snowden’s story to the screen are Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, and Melissa Leo. Gordon-Levitt addressed the question of playing the titular character, in what would surely prove to be a controversial film.

Woodley and Gordon-Levitt also spoke at the press conference about the ubiquity of social media and what it means for privacy concerns.

With Stone’s trademark focus we’re promised a compelling look at one of the most polemic political situations of the modern age. During the press conference the director answered the question of what he thinks should happen to Edward Snowden.


The film follows Edward Snowden, an American computer professional who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to The Guardian in June 2013.