Zeffirelli libel action reels on

Despite an apology to Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli in a recent issue of Screen International, the libel proceedings against the magazine look set to continue. Michael Bowler, senior partner of West End firm Harbottle & Lewis, which issued a writ on behalf of Zeffirelli, says the publication issued its statement off its own bat without reference to it. The writ had been served and the matter would be proceeded with, with a view to obtaining damages for the client, he says. The writ followed an article alleging that Zeffirelli is a fascist member of the Italian Parliament, which Bowler said in a statement was totally inaccurate. Oswald Hickson Collier & Co is acting on behalf of Screen International.