Hollywood legend Robert Redford has demanded an apology from America's leaders for the war in Iraq.

The actor told an audience at the Sundance Festival in Utah that he and many others had shown a "spirit of unity" with the US government since the 9/11 tragedy in New York. He added: "We put all our concerns on hold to let the leaders lead. I think we're owed a big, massive apology."

PRESIDENT GEORGE W Bush's government came under heavy attack from the 70-year-old film star, who rarely uses his Sundance Institute film festival for independent works in a political manner.

However, this year's festival seemed themed with anti-war demonstrations along with various taboo topics, such as abuses in the Iraqi Abu Ghraib prison in 2003 and a documentary on bestiality.

And the opening film, Chicago 10, features the demonstrations surrounding the Democratic National Convention of 1968, focussing on the trial of the famed "Chicago Seven".

But Redford is insistent such subjects need raising in modern movies.

"Those are issues that are on the table, whether you want to face them or not," he said.

"If you don't expose these things, if you don't put the light on them, then they could get worse."

19/01/2007 16:22:20