Into the Fire

Tony Kaye’s abortion documentary gives both sides equal time

| Mar.-Apr. 2008

Lake of Fire is a visionary documentary about the abortion debate 17 years in the making and running 152 minutes long. Focusing its stark lens on both the brutal murder of abortion doctors and the grisly realities of the abortion procedure, the film gets up close and intimate with doctors, patients, anti-abortion killers, and Norma McCorvey (a.k.a. Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, who has famously become an anti-abortion advocate). As comprehensive as it is complex, Lake of Fire refuses to present the controversy, like the film’s cinematography, in black and white.

British-born filmmaker Tony Kaye, a former advertising director, spoke to Utne Reader about the film and what advertising has to do with the abortion debate.


While several critics called Lake of Fire the best documentary of 2007, few people saw it in theaters. Do you think it will now find an audience on DVD?

I always saw this as a piece, like most books, that you can’t really read in one go. You don’t even want to read it in one go. It’s too dense. Although this [film] is finished, it’s not finished as a project. I’ve got a lot more footage. I intend to shoot more. There will be subsequent Lakes of Fire, or whatever I call it next. . . . I can’t think any household would be complete without this DVD.