Bright Young Things director Stephen Fry likens the British media to mosquitoes.

The writer, actor and broadcaster depicts the scurrilous world of newspaper gossip in his new movie.

He says of the Fourth Estate, "Newspapers don't come that well out of the film to be honest. People who work for them commit suicide and they are badly pressured into providing stories.

"I have said some pretty severe things about the press. It's a phase you go through if you're in the public eye. It's like if you live in a tropical climate. It's silly to moan about mosquitoes because everyone knows mosquitoes live in tropical climates and to moan about them is ridiculous and yet what human being wouldn't if they were being constantly bitten?"

07/10/2003 02:58